Verdict of accidental death in fatal Farranfore collision

A verdict of accidental death has been recorded into the death of a cyclist outside Farranfore.

36-year-old Edward Duggan of Mounthenry, Firies died following a collision with a vehicle at Scart on November 15th 2015.

Earlier this year 35-year-old Sean O’Mahony of Ballybeggan, Tralee was found not guilty of dangerous driving causing the death of Edward Duggan.

The inquest into Mr Duggan’s death was held at South Kerry Coroner’s Court in Killarney yesterday.

Three kilometres on the Killarney side of Farranfore, at Scart Cross, cyclist Edward Duggan and a number of other members of Killarney Cycling Club stopped for a short break just after 11am on November 15th 2015.

Shortly after moving off, Sean O’Mahony’s green Toyota Corolla car collided with Mr Duggan; Mr O’Mahony said he was blinded by a sudden ray of sunlight.

Conditions on the Sunday morning were described as wet, windy and overcast, but not raining at the time.

The inquest before Coroner Aisling O’Sullivan Quilter heard evidence from the driver of the car that struck the cyclist, cycling club members, and other motorists in the area at the time, as well as medical personnel, and gardaí.

36-year-old cyclist Edward Duggan was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision; he died due to traumatic brain and spinal chord injuries.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded by the Coroner Aisling O’Sullivan Quilter; the inquest was held in the absence of a jury as one is no longer required for road traffic collisions.