A young man who tragically lost his life in a road accident was attended to by his uncle who works in the emergency services.
The victim, Kenneth Ryan, aged 17, from Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, was travelling without a helmet on a quad bike when it was in a near head-on collision with a tractor and hedge-cutting machinery.
He sustained injuries to his head and died at the scene.
Gardaí said the collision occurred at around 1.45pm on the Oola to Doon road.
Detective Inspector Brian Sugrue, acting Superintendent at Bruff Garda Station, said: “The young man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body has been brought to hospital in Limerick for a postmortem. We are not appealing for any witnesses.”
Gardaí said the crash happened on a sharp bend on the R507 about 6km from Oola.
“He sustained severe head injuries. He wasn’t wearing a helmet. His family attended the scene and have also gone with him to (University Hospital Limerick). Our forensic collision investigators and scenes of crime unit are at the scene,” Insp Sugrue said.
Gardaí believe the victim had been travelling in convoy with a group of friends who were in a car, but who are not believed to have had any part in the incident.
“They were in a different car and had nothing to do with it as far as we can see. There were friends of his there at the time of the collision and are witnesses,” Insp Sugrue said.
He warned people not to take any type of quad bike onto public roadways.
“They’re very dangerous and they are not suitable for roads. They are also capable of tremendous speed and they don’t have the safety features other vehicles would have,” Insp Sugrue explained.
“They are farm machinery that should not be used as recreational vehicles on the roads.”
In a tragic twist, Kenneth’s uncle, a fireman with Limerick County Fire Service, was dispatched to the scene as part of the emergency service response.
It was only when he arrived at the scene with his colleagues that he realised the victim was his nephew.
“He was at the scene. It’s very tragic,” a Garda source said.
Friends of the deceased wrote tributes on his Facebook page expressing their shock at his sudden passing.
Danielle Ryan said: “So shocked to hear... rest in peace kenny, you were an oul dote, god only takes the best.”
Ciaran McMahon wrote: “Words can’t explain how I feel right now lost one of my best friends today you were always there for all of us kid sleep tight bro il never forget you.”
Kenneth was remembered in many online tributes posted by his friends as a funny young man.
“Rest in peace lad I remember the laughs we’ve had and some good memories of you. You were as gas and as harmless as anyone and you were all too young my thoughts and love are with you and your family,” wrote Darragh Ryan.
Rebekah Keane wrote: “Rest in peace, thoughts are with your family & friends,” while Shauna Hennessy posted: “R.I.P Kenneth such a shock. hope you get the best bed in heaven.”
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