Tralee inquest jury make recommendations about street lights, helmets and high viz clothes

A jury at the inquest into the death of a Tralee cyclist has made recommendations about street lighting, high visibility clothing and helmets. coroners court 40 year old Siobhan Moriarty Fitzgerald of 29 Willow Court, Ashleigh Downs, Tralee died in Kerry General Hospital February 2nd 2014. Sinead Cotter told the inquest she was driving her Audi car from the exit Kelliher’s Garage in Rathass, Tralee when the incident happened on the evening of January 29th 2014. Garda PSV officer James O’Brien who examines road traffic accident scenes said the right front of the car was in collision with the bicycle; the cyclist Siobhan Moriarty Fitzgerald was thrown from her bike and her head struck the road. There were no lights on the bike and Ms Moriarty Fitzgerald was not wearing a helmet or high viz clothes. However, he did note she was wearing a colourful jacket. Garda O’Brien said this was a very slow speed incident and added that although a nearby street light was not working lighting in the area was to the standard set down in an EU directive. Ms Moriarty Fitzgerald suffered severe head injuries and passed away on February 2nd. The jury added a rider to their verdict that street lighting should be checked and maintained on a regular basis and emphasised the use of high visibility jackets and wearing helmets. Coroner Helen Lucey sympathised with the family and noted that some good came from the incident due to organ donation.