An inquest into the death of an 86 year-old man has heard he died when he crashed his car into a tree beside the driveway of his house.
The jury heard that Patrick O’Mahony of Ballybane, Firies had purchased an automatic car shortly before his death.
Coroner Terence Casey said it was a very unfortunate incident.
Neighbours of Patrick O’Mahony said they went to his home at Ballybane, Firies on July 19th last to check on him following failed attempts by a relative to contact him.
They found Mr O’Mahony’s new Opel Corsa car crashed into a tree just inside the entrance to his property.
He was slumped over the passenger seat and had died by the time he was discovered.
The car – which had just been purchased and was an automatic drive – had severe frontal damage after colliding with the tree.
The coroner presiding at the inquest, Terence Casey, said nobody knows what really happened and it seemed as if a sudden mistake had occurred. But he said it seemed that Patrick O’Mahony had died instantaneously.
The inquest jury returned a verdict of death by accident in accordance with the findings of a post mortem which had identified blunt force trauma caused by a vehicular accident as the cause of death.
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