An elderly man died five days following a car crash after his son momentarily closed his eyes at the wheel, an inquest has heard.
Daniel Kennedy of Oakpark, Clonalour in Tralee had been enjoying a day out with his family before the car in which they were travelling was involved in an accident in Glenflesk on July 7th, 2013.
He died five days later at Kerry General Hospital as a result of a brain haemorrhage due to blunt force trauma.
81-year-old Daniel Kennedy was a front-seat passenger in the Saab car when it was involved in an accident.
Giving evidence at Tralee Coroner’s Court, his son Stephen who was driving, said there were in a line of traffic when he heard shouting and realised he had closed his eyes momentarily.
The car hit the ditch just a short distance from the main Killarney to Cork road.
Mr Kennedy and his daughter Ann were brought to Southdoc in Kenmare by a couple travelling in the car behind them.
All three had been wearing seat belts and the car was not travelling at speed, the inquest heard.
Daniel Kennedy was transferred by ambulance to Kerry General Hospital from Kenmare.
En route, his condition deteriorated and the ambulance was met by an advanced life-support crew in Farranfore.
Mr Kennedy was admitted to Kerry General Hospital and died there on July 13th, 2013.
A post-mortem examination revealed he had suffered a bleed to the brain. He had also taken aspirin which would have made him more vulnerable, the inquest heard.