A 54-year-old man who was knocked off his bicycle after a driver of a car collided with him on Sunday died in hospital last night.
The man was airlifted to hospital after the collision on R134, Ballina to Killala road, in Co Mayo at around 4.45pm on Sunday. It was widely reported that the female driver and the man were travelling in the same direction at the time.
Damian Hogan of the Garda press office said: “The collision involved a male cyclist in his 50s and a car. The cyclist received serious injuries and was taken to Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar where he died last night (30/5/17) as a result of injuries sustained in this collision.”
“Garda Forensic Collision Investigators examined the scene. The local Coroner has been notified.”
Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballina Garda Station 096-20560, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
His death brings the number of people killed while cycling on Irish roads in 2017 up to nine. Yesterday, an American woman in her 60s was killed in a collision with a 4×4 while cycling in Co Kerry yesterday.
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.