11-year-old girl dies in hospital after collision with man driving a van

An 11-year-old school girl has died in hospital after a collision yesterday in Co Kerry involving her bicycle and a van driven by a man.

Margaret Flanagan, a spokesperson at the Garda press office said: “Gardaí are investigating a fatal road traffic collision that occurred 3km outside Abbeydorney, Tralee, Co. Kerry on Monday evening 10th May, 2021 at approximately 7.30pm.”

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“A female pedal cyclist and a van were involved in the collision. The pedal cyclist, a female aged 11 years, was seriously injured during the collision. She was taken to Tralee University Hospital where she later passed away. The driver of the van, a man in his 50s, was removed to Tralee University Hospital for treatment of his injuries,” she said.

She added: “Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this incident to come forward. Any road users who were travelling near Abbeydorney on the R556, between 7pm and 8pm yesterday evening, and who may have camera footage (including dash cam), is asked to make it available to Gardaí.”

Gardai said that the road remains closed as a technical examination of the scene is being conducted by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on (066) 7102300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.


  1. Another tragic death of a road user. This time yet another child on a bicycle.

    Unless the government takes radical steps to protect the most vulnerable of people on our roads we will continue to receive this type of news.

    In other states those in charge of motorised vehicles are assumed at fault if involved in injuries or death while driving. This places an enormous onus on them to drive with the utmost caution.

    Such a law could easily be introduced here. Without obstruction, one would hope.

    My thoughts are with the bereaved.


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