Man in 30s killed in collision with 4×4 driver in Cork

— Death is 8th cycling death since start of 2017.

A man in his 30s was pronounced dead at the scene this afternoon after a collision between his bicycle and the driver of 4×4 vehicle on the Ballincollig bypass in Cork

The fatal road traffic collision happened on the Ballincollig bypass at approximately 12.25pm.

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Damian Hogan of the Garda press office said: “The collision involved a male cyclist in his 30s and a 4 X 4 vehicle. The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the 4 X 4 vehicle was uninjured.”

He added: “The road is closed to traffic and local diversions are in place while Garda Forensic Collision Investigators examine the scene. The local Coroner has been notified.”

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Gurranabraher Garda Station 021-4946200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

The collision is the 8th fatal collision so-far this year — just 2 fewer deaths than all of 2016.

Last Wednesday a woman who was cycling in a group was killed after she was overtaken by a tractor on the bypass in Killarney, Co Kerry.

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5 comments

  1. When reporting on a cyclist fatality, does the Garda Press Office always have to report that the driver of the motorised vehicle is unhurt? As well as stating the obvious, it gives equal weight to the condition of the driver as the dead cyclist.

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  2. And altho’ most outlets have started to refer to these incidents as collisions instead of accidents, why are they nearly always reported as ‘cyclist collides with car’ or ‘cyclist involved in collision with car’ ? If a cyclist is going to ride their bike into a car, the car has to be stationary.

    Not always of course, as you could think of scenarios where a cyclist deliberately goes across a road at nearly right angles and whacks into a moving car: but such scenarios are never the case. All of the incidents in Ireland where cyclists are killed are due to the car/truck clipping/left-hooking or directly whacking into the cyclist. In which case I’d most definitely describe it as ‘cyclist run down and killed by driver of car/truck’.

    Or when the details of the case are as yet unclear I’d describe it as ‘cyclist killed in road traffic incident’.

    The phrase ‘Cyclist collides with car’ implies that the cyclist is the active party in the incident.

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  3. Of course the media is going to word things to promote motor vehicle use. They’re owned by the same groups that own the auto makers and the oil companies. They can’t have a popular alternative take away their profits.

    The real message behind the wording of this and other similar news reports is “Get a car.”

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  4. Thanks Citizen Wolfe for tackling the way media and AGS report on these fatal impacts. “The phrase ‘Cyclist collides with car’ implies that the cyclist is the active party in the incident” is the lie that is perpetrated by such reports always trying to sanitise the ‘accident’ as something we have to accept in a motorised society.
    I don’t fall for that sanitising and so I will always be on the attack. We could have Vision-Zero for cycling impacts but the penalties for drivers impacting with riders will have to be ratcheted-up.

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  5. I agree regarding the way these crashes are being reported. Last night Today FM news were describing it as cyclist collides with motor vehicle. The circumstances of the crash – dual carriageway exit – suggests that the most likely circumstance was that the cyclist was struck from behind by the driver of the motor vehicle. I think we need some kind of tracker to record these instances of bias in the media. I consider it a form of hate speech intended to put the blame onto the victims.

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