Jury recommends helmets after 85 years died in a car accident

  • Jury recommends helmets after 85 years died in a car accident
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    85-year-old man died after the ATV he was driving in a collision with a car at an intersection on a rural road in County Sligo, the inquiry heard on Monday.
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85-year-old man died after the ATV he was driving in a collision with a car at an intersection on a rural road in County Sligo, the inquiry heard on Monday.

Nicholas Murtagh died in hospital Sligo on June 17 last year, two weeks after the accident, which occurred near his home in Doocastle, Ballymote, Co Sligo Ballymote on to Charlestown road.

The jury sits in Sligo coroners court recommended that people driving quads must wear helmets and they are also convinced that, when overgrown hedges cause a security threat that they must be reduced by the relevant authorities.

During the inquiry the coroner Eamon McGowan said that some insurance companies insure quads under the insurance of the farm. He also told the police that quads must have a certificate of conformity and limited the speed limit to 30 kilometers per hour.

Martin Coffey, who was driving the car that collided with the ATV Mr. Murtha stated that he was traveling at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour. He said he jammed on the brakes and tried to avoid the ATV, when he came from the left in front of him.

The jury heard that the phone Mr. Coffey was subsequently examined by an expert, who discovered that there was an incoming our outgoing texts or messages at the moment of collision. The file was sent to the Director of public prosecutions and the prosecution was not recommended, the coroner heard.

Mr. Coffey had the right of way at the intersection.

A number of witnesses stated that Mr. Maxim has always been very careful in the yard. Local resident Eleanor O’connor told the jury that he was always a very careful driver. She said vegetation is overgrown at this intersection .

There is also evidence of Garda view that Mr. Murtha would be diminished, because the hedge and the vegetation was so overgrown at the junction.

The coroner recommended a verdict of death by misadventure and the jury also found that the cause of death was blunt head trauma in the accident.

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