Man in his 60s knocked off bicycle, killed in a collision involving car driver close to Carlow

A man in his 60s was knocked off his bicycle and killed in a collision involving a car driver close to Carlow town this morning at around 11.20am.

The death toll on our roads in the first three months of 2024 has been the highest for a decade, reaching 57 deaths — which is 40% of the full-year pre-Covid deaths in 2019 in just three months.

It brings the number of deaths to three so far for the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. The deaths this weekend include a 17-year-old pedestrian who was killed last night in a collision involving a car driver on the N17 in Mayo, which happened close to where three members of a family were killed in a collision involving the car they were travelling in and an oil truck last week, and, on Friday night, a passenger in her 30s was killed in a two-car collision in Tipperary.

Regarding the collision outside Carlow town this morning, a spokesperson at the Garda Press Office said: “Gardaí and emergency services are currently attending the scene of a fatal road traffic collision at Knocknagee, Co Kildare, close to Carlow town, which occurred this morning, Sunday 31st March 2024, at approximately 11.20am. The collision involved a car and a bicycle.”

“A male cyclist (aged in his 60’s) was pronounced deceased at the scene. His body has been removed to Naas General Hospital, where a post-mortem examination will take place in due course,” the spokesperson said.

Gardaí said that no other injuries were reported at the time and, as of shortly after 3pm, the road is closed for examination by Forensic Collision Investigators with local diversions in place.

The spokesperson added: “Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to contact them. Any road users or pedestrians who may have camera footage (including dash-cam), and who were travelling in the area of Knocknagee, Co. Kildare, today, Sunday 31st March 2024, between 10.30am and 11.30am, are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.”

Witnesses or anybody with dashcam footage or any information is asked to contact Kildare Garda Station on 045 527730, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

CORRECTION: For a short time, this article incorrectly stated that there have been 53 deaths this year so far. The figure was corrected to 57, as above. The 53 is the number of fatal collisions.

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