Driver arrested after knocking down man at cycling event in Kerry

A driver of a car was arrested today after he struck a man cycling a bicycle leaving him seriously injured in Co Kerry, Gardai have said.

The Garda press office said: “At approximately 11.30am a male cyclist in his 30s was seriously injured when he was struck by a car on the N71 at Eric, Mollys Gap. He was removed by Ambulance to University Hospital Kerry.”

The Garda press office said that his injuries are described serious but not thought to be life threatening and that it’s understood the man was taking part in a cycling event at the time of the collision.

The press office added: “The driver of the car, a man in 50s, was arrested by investigating Garda for suspected dangerous driving. He has since been released is expected to appear before Killarney District Court in the coming days charged in connection with the investigtion.”

“Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and in particular to motorists who were traveling on the route at the time to make any dash cam footage available to investigators. Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064-6631222 of the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. Investigations are ongoing.”

I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.

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