American woman in her 60s killed while cycling in Co Kerry

A road traffic collision between a driver of a four-wheel-drive vehicle and a woman on a bicycle has resulted in the death of the woman in Co Kerry this afternoon.

The collision occurred on the Gap of Dunloe, located west of Killarney National Park and about 10km west of Killarney.

RadioKerry.ie reported that the fatal collision happened at 3.30pm, while The Irish Times reported that it happened at the entrance of Kate Kearney’s Cottage, a pub and restaurant.

Damian Hogan of the Garda press office said: “The collision involved a cyclist and a 4 X 4 vehicle. The cyclist, a woman in her 60s was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the 4 X 4 vehicle was uninjured.”

He added: “This stretch of road is currently closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators”.

Investigating officers are appealing for anyone with information to contact Killarney Garda Station 064 6671160 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

The incident follows a collision on Sunday afternoon on the Ballina to Killala road in Co Mayo in which a man cycling a bicycle had to be airlifted to hospital with what gardai described as “critical injuries”.

The death in Kerry today is the eight cycling death since the start of 2017 and the second in the Killarney area of Co Kerry. As we reported earlier this month, gardai have said that the evidence available to investigators indicates that one of the previous eight road deaths reported as a cyclist was a pedestrian at the time of the collision.

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