72-year-old killed on a bicycle in Tipperary

Gardai are appealing for witnesses after a 72-year-old man on a bicycle was killed in a collision with a car in Co Tipperary.

A 51-year-old driver of the car was only described as “uninjured”.

Officers in Borrisokane, Co Tipperary are investigating the fatal road traffic collision which happen on the Borrisokane to Portumna Rd N65 this morning at around 9.30am.

The motorist’s car and the bicycle collided around 3km outside Portumna.

Gardai said: “The pedal cyclist was seriously injured in the collision and pronounced dead at the scene. His body has been removed to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem will be carried out later today. The female driver (sole occupant) of the car aged 51 years was uninjured.”

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The road is closed pending a Forensic Collision Examination and diversions are in place.

Gardai in Borrisokane are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 067 27101, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

1 comment

  1. Dreadful news. Twelve is too many in one year.
    While we never are given any analysis of road traffic collisions (RTCs) involving cycling on a yearly, never mind decadic, basis by either Garda, Road Safety Authority (RSA) or Department of Transport I think it is time that an independent academic researcher provided us with such an analysis.
    We know from international road safety research findings most collisions involving cyclists take place at junctions and involve large vehicles (buses, coaches and HGVs, principally).
    Above all, we need An Garda to understand that detection and enforcement of ‘dangerous overtaking’ of cyclists by drivers is a serious matter. Drivers have to respect our vulnerability by giving us 1.5 m clearance and by slowing down while overtaking.
    The traffic management regime has to change in 2015 away from the free-flow concept for motorised vehicles and to get across the message that drivers don’t own our roads – they are a shared public-space.
    With obesity/overweight incidence high in Irish school children, 2015 has to be the year that all agencies accept that we have to change traffic conditions to ensure that children will once more be able to cycle or walk to school.


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