More driving signs urged

A jury has recommended increased signage at tourist hotspots warning holiday-makers to drive on the correct side of the road.

The jury at Clare Coroner’s Court made the recommendation after hearing the details of a horrific crash that claimed two lives near the Cliffs of Moher last summer.

The collision of two motorbikes just after 6.30pm on June 5 resulted in an explosion on the main Lisdoonvarna to Ennistymon Rd in north Clare, setting the two motorcyclists on fire.

That is according to the testimony of Alberto Agostini, who made desperate attempts to tell his friend, Richardo “Ricky” Godoy that he was driving on the wrong side of the road before the crash.

The impact claimed Mr Godoy’s life and that of an oncoming motorcyclist, German national Ferdinand Waidel, aged 55. Mr Waidel had been living in Clare for around 14 years and was returning home from a shopping trip in Ennistymon.

At the inquest yesterday, a deposition by Mr Agostini recounted how Mr Godoy turned right and stayed on the right side of the road.

“Ricky accelerated. He had gone too far for me to warn him. I beeped my horn and Antonio beeped at him, but he couldn’t hear us,” said Mr Agostini.

“I was praying that nothing was going to come the other direction and all of a sudden I saw a bike coming. The impact happened on the right-hand side of the road, Ricky would have been on the incorrect side, unfortunately.

“When the accident happened, there was an immediate explosion, Rocky and the other person were on fire.”

Mr Agostini said Ricky’s bike and its pillion passenger, Ricky’s wife Pillar, were thrown into the bushes. Pillar recovered from the injuries she sustained.

Returning a verdict of accidental death in both deaths, the jury made a recommendation to increase signage in tourist locations warning motorists to drive on the correct side of the road.

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