10-year-old dies in hospital after collision with SUV driver yesterday

A 10-year-old boy, who yesterday was airlifted to hospital at around lunchtime today after a collision involving him on his bicycle and an SUV driver in Co Carlow, has died in hospital, the Gardai have said

Sean Brosnan at the Garda press office said: “The 10 year old male cyclist seriously injured in a road traffic collision involving a cyclist and a jeep that occurred in the Ballymartin area of Borris, County Carlow on Thursday 25th June 2020, has passed away from his injuries at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. “

“Gardaí are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to this collision to come forward, particularly any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) who were travelling in the area at the time to make this footage available to Gardaí.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Carlow Garda Station on 059 913 6620 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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.

2 Comments

  1. The news of the deaths of bicycle users this morning is horrific.

    I dread to hear the solutions that some politicians will come up with. No doubt there will be some mention of festooning people on bicycles with hi-viz gear, flashing lights, hard hats, and statements implying they should be out of the way.

    Such ignorance, if allowed to perpetuate will results in more deaths.

    In some countries, drivers are deemed responsible for the injury or death of the most vulnerable of road users; namely people walking and cycling, until proven otherwise.

    I urge campaingers to demand that this be the case in Ireland. Children cycling on the road (due to irresponsible infrastructure) are not by any stretch of the imagination equivalent to drivers. The same applies to adults on bicycles.

    Drivers must be held responsible. Maybe then they too would demand network motivated safe cycling infrastructure.

    My thoughts are with the families of those killed while cycling.

  2. Perfectly put Donal.The legal responsibility regime to which you refer is present in most EU jurisdictions – presumed liability. We really do need it here in order to rebalance the forces at play on our roads.

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