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Teenager dies in hospital after car/bicycle collision on Slane to Drogheda road

A 13-year-old boy died in hospital earlier today from injuries he suffered when he was knocked off his bicycle on a rural section of the Slane to Drogheda road on Sunday last at around 8.30pm.

Gardai from Drogheda said officers attended the scene of the collision on the road which is part of the N51 — the collision occurred at the junction of for the Battle of the Boyne Visitor and the King William’s Glen road to the village of Townley.

After the collision, Garda press office originally said: “The 13 year old male cyclist was conveyed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda after suffering serious injuries. The driver of the car was uninjured.”

“Gardai in Drogheda are seeking the assistance from any members of the public who travelled this road between 19.30hr and 20.30hr on the 21/08/16, and may be able to offer any further information or witnessed this collision to contact them on 041 9874200, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.” reported that the “car involved in the crash was a Renault scenic – the windscreen of which is completely smashed.”

UPDATED: This article was updated to reflect the news that the collision resulted in the death of the teenager. is reader-funded journalism. That means it's funded by readers like you.

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  1. It goes almost without exception that the driver will be uninjured in such totally avoidable impacts. I wish the Garda PO would not trot out that mantra in reporting every impact as it could be construed as offensive to the families involved.
    Why are these impacts happening is the real question?
    Cyclists don’t fling themselves willy-nilly at vehicles in order to die. Could it be that, yet again, the vehicle was travelling too fast and too close to the rider?
    We need an analysis of all impacts involving cyclists and motorised vehicles as quickly as possible put in the public domain.
    But that analysis will only be as good as the Garda forensic investigation of the impact scene. Are all impacts involving cyclists investigated by trained forensic Garda tecchies who UNDERSTAND cycling?

  2. Couldn’t agree more Mike. From my own experience, having been on the receiving end of a serious collision last February, I was amazed to find that the Garda hadn’t even taken a photo of the “accident” site even though he was there while I was lying on the ground waiting for the ambulance.


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