Family seek answers in case of pony and trap collision which killed 12-year-old-boy

The family of a 12 year old boy who died following collision involving a pony and trap say they want to know what caused the incident.

Relatives of Sean David Doyle of Melrose Avenue in Clondalkin, Dublin 22 said they have written to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) seeking answers. The young boy, who was due to make his confirmation less than two months later, sustained a traumatic brain injury when the pony and trap he was travelling on collided with a truck on February 26 last.

Investigating Gardai completed a file for the DPP in relation to the case but no prosecution was directed. The family say the truck driver was not to blame but they feel ‘something’ caused the sulky car to swerve out into traffic.

At Dublin Coroner’s Court a provisional date for a full hearing into the boy’s death was set for next January, however the family said they want answers before the hearing takes place.

Speaking from the public gallery, a relative said they have written to the DPP and do not wish the inquest to go ahead until they have received an answer to their query.

Sean Doyle died on February 26 2016 following an incident at St Cuthbert’s Road in Clondalkin around 1.40pm. He was one of three friends travelling on the pony and trap. The other two boys on the trap were unharmed.

At a previous short inqeust hearing last July, the boy’s grandfather, Joseph Doyle gave evidence of how he identified the body of his grandson at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin to Garda Maeve McBride of Clondalkin Garda Station on February 29 2016.

On the same date Inspector Paul Costello of Clondalkin Garda Station told Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane he was seeking a six month adjournment of the inquest to allow for a Garda file to be completed and submitted to the DPP.

A post-mortem carried out by Dr Michael McDermott found the boy died due to extensive cerebral damage.

A pupil of Scoil Talbot primary school in Bawnogue, the boy loved riding on the horse and cart with friends.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane provisionally set the date for the full inquest hearing to take place on January 25 2017 and told the family the date could be changed if there were any further developments.


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