« BackJury returns verdict of accidental death at inquest of cyclist

An inquest into the death of an 18-year-old cyclist near Killarney almost five years ago has returned a verdict of accidental death.

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Shane Courtney of Faha East, Killarney was pronounced dead at the scene at Knoppoge, Killarney on August 26th, 2011.

Taxi driver Rabiul Alam, who was a witness at the inquest, had initially denied his vehicle collided with the cyclist and blamed the driver of another car.

Members of the Courtney family were at the inquest and represented by solicitor Michael Larkin.

Coroner Terence Casey warned he would have to hold the witness in contempt if he refused to answer a question about what speed he had been travelling on the night.

However, he said he would overrule any questions that would contravene the rules of the coroner’s court.

A post-mortem examination carried out by Dr Margot Bolster at Kerry General Hospital revealed the deceased died from multiple injuries including brain swelling and spinal cord injuries consistent with a road traffic collision.

Mr Casey said he was going to recommend highly that speed limit signs be moved nearer to the Milltown side of the junction near the German butcher’s shop where the accident occurred.

He also appealed to cyclists and pedestrians to wear bright coloured, reflective clothing.

Mr Larkin said the family’s trauma and pain at the loss of their son had been greatly augmented by the conduct of Mr Alam on the night.