Inquest recommends warning signs on Gap of Dunloe

Coroner for South and East Kerry Aisling O'Sullivan. Photo: http://www.philiposullivan.com/

The daughter of an American who lost her life on a biking accident in the Gap of Dunloe says her mother would not have taken that route if warning signs were in place.

Sixty-nine-year-old Janet Price from Washington State died on May 30th last year after falling from her bike and landing underneath a trailer which was being towed by a Toyota jeep.

Ms Price was on holidays with her husband Don Theiler when the tragic accident occurred.

The couple was joined by a friend in Killarney and they decided to rent bikes for the day.

Janet  Price was travelling down a steep 140 degree bend in the Gap of Dunloe when she came off her bicycle,  Killarney Coroner’s Court heard.

Coroner Aisling Quilter and the inquest jury recommended that signs be erected along the road to warn of dangerous conditions there.

Ms Price’s daughters Erika and Jennifer attended the inquest and  welcomed the news.

Erika Price spoke after the inquest.

Don Theiler recalled seeing his wife lying face down on the ground.

The court heard the jeep attached to the trailer was well into the left-hand side of the road and moving slowly at the time.

All vehicles were in good working order according to Garda experts.

The front wheel of Ms Price’s bike was buckled following impact.

Garda James O’Brien and Garda Ray Sweeney said it was not possible to say if her bike  struck the trailer.

Garda Sweeney said there was sufficient road space for the cyclist to pass but said the 140-degree angle made it easy for cyclists to miscalculate the bend.

The post-mortem found that Ms Price died due to blunt force trauma to the chest, causing damage to her ribs, lungs and pulmonary veins.

The family questioned whether a possible roll-over was involved in the accident and were told it could not be ruled out.