German tourist lost control of motorcycle on Ring of Kerry route

A German motorcyclist who was killed in a crash near Sneem last year had been part of a group touring the southwest of the country.

55-year-old Dirk Albert Karl Heinz Riemenschnider died when his motorcycle went out of control at Derry West, Sneem on June 28th last year.

A jury at his inquest found death was due to injuries sustained in a road traffic accident.

Mr Riemenschnider was part of group of seven motorcyclists that was touring the Ring of Kerry in convoy between Caherciveen and Sneem when the accident happened.

His silver Kawasaki Versys went out of control on a bend shortly before 7pm.

The married salesman was thrown from the vehicle after it grazed off a rock on the grass margin.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Garda Jim O’Brien, a forensic crash investigator, said conditions were dry and the motorcycle had been in good mechanical order.

A post-mortem examination revealed there were no traces of drugs or alcohol in his system.

South Kerry Coroner, Terence Casey, praised the investigation of the gardaí, whom he said had left no stone unturned.

Twenty-five depositions were taken from witnesses in the investigation.