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Woman “critical” after pedestrian and cyclist collision in Dublin

A woman in her 40s is in a critical condition after she was in a collision with a person on a bicycle yesterday in Ranelagh.

Damian Hogan at the Garda press office said: “Gardaí at Donnybrook, Dublin 4 are appealing for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision which occurred yesterday morning, Thursday 22nd March 2018 at approximately 9am at Grand Parade, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.”

He added: “A female pedestrian in her 40s was struck by a pedal cyclist as she attempted to cross the road. The injured female was initially taken to St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Elm Park and subsequently transferred to Beaumont Hospital where her condition is described as critical. Investigations are ongoing.”

Update: When asked if the incident was a hit and run or not, the Garda press office confirmed that it was not as the cyclist remained at the scene. Separately, this publication understands that the cyclist was treated by an ambulance crew at the collision site.

Witnesses are asked to contact Donnybrook Garda Station on 01- 666 9200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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5 comments

  1. That is terrible news, and I hope the poor woman makes a full recovery. I also hope that if the cyclist is found to have been in violation of the law when the incident occurred, that they are duly and appropriately punished.

    I think it is worth making the point that this article uses the same misleading wording that we often complain about when it is used by the Gardai with regard to accidents involving cyclists in stating that the pedestrian was in “a collision with” a cyclist when the Garda statement is (ironically) more accurate in stating that the pedestrian “was struck by” a cyclist. Of course Garda statements referring to driver/cyclist incidents usually say that the driver was (unsurprisingly) unharmed, as Citizen Wolf points out this is not indicated in this case when harm is far more likely to have occurred.
    I think the distinction made by the Gardai is based on the categorization of a bicycle as a form of vehicle, which it is, though it implies a false equivalence between two vastly different objects and does not take account of the significantly greater vulnerability of the cyclist relative to the driver.

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  2. Since we don’t seem to have any information about this at all this can’t be related to this specific incident but in general, rightly or wrongly, if a pedestrian steps out in front of a car (or bicycle) they don’t get charged with an offence. I guess their injuries are seen as penalty enough and to be honest I can see the logic unless they have caused a serious crash with other people killed.

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