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Woman dies two days after bus-bicycle collision in Dublin

A 55-year-old woman, who struck by a bus while she was cycling in Dublin last week, died two days after the collision.

“Unfortunately she passed away on November 19. The collision is still under investigation and our witness appeal still stands,” said Sergeant Tony Connaughton, with the Garda Press Office.

Gardai originally said that the woman sustained serious injuries “when she was struck by a bus” on the night of Monday November 17 at around 9.40pm on the Burlington Road in Dublin.

Garda forensic collision investigators inspected the collision site last week, and investigating Gardaí are continuing to appeal for witnesses to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Donnybrook Garda Station 01-6669200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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The death is the first recorded as a road traffic collision cyclist death in the Dublin City Council area for four years. Nationally, the number of cycling deaths has now reached a six-year high of 12 deaths — more than double the amount of cycling deaths last year.

This year is also the first year since 2008 where the number of cycling deaths has reached double figures. The increase in deaths is a striking contrast compared to last year, in which cycling deaths on Irish roads reached an joint 20-year low.

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5 comments

  1. With little or no law enforcement, I am not surprised that the casualty rate is so high. Bad behavior by all sections of road users is getting worse. It is always likely that the more vulnerable road users will pay a heavy price for such a dip in standards.

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  2. I would like the bus operating company (we are left in dark as to whether it was Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann or a private operator) to state if this was a head-strike impact from a bus wing-mirror.
    We know that Dublin Bus vehicles (Alexander, Wrightbus, etc) have wing-mirrors set so low at the front that they are within head-strike range of both cyclists and pedestrians.
    I do not think it acceptable from a road safety perspective that any bus in a fleet should have mirrors set so low. It is an inherent design-flaw that needs to be addressed by both operators and manufacturers.and the Road Safety Authority and the Health and Safety Authority (this is driving for work).
    Please declare the frequency of head-strike impacts in the bus fleet.

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  3. It is always a very quiet road at any time of the day or night Burlington Road. Apart from the Apartments and Offices not much traffic. There are Hotels in the area and the Burlington Hotel is the biggest. There is Coachs and Tour Buses and private Buses going to the Hotels but no Dublin Bus or Bus Eireann using that Road as far as I am aware.

    I have great problems with Dublin Buses passing very close to my Elbows at speed while I am on the Bike going Home by way of Nth Strand and Fairview, very annoying and also pulling in to Bus stops very suddenly.

    I cannot comment about this Collision because no details about what happened. Again we are left in the dark only a statement read out by the Police. I am very sorry to hear the news that she died

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