Motorcyclist killed in Cork tragedy is named as gardaí issue bike safety warning

Motorcyclist killed in Cork tragedy is named as gardaí issue bike safety warning

Gardaí have issued a warning on the dangers facing motorcyclists following the death of a teenager near Mallow on Thursday night, the second fatal motorbike accident on Cork roads in less than a week.

The motorcyclist who lost his life on Thursday evening has been named as 19-year-old Craig Murphy from Buttevant.

He was involved in a collision between a car and a motorbike at approximately 7.30pm near Knockane, Ballyclough, Mallow.

Craig, who had one brother, was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to Cork University Hospital where a postmortem was carried out.

The driver of the car, an elderly man in his 70s, was uninjured.

Superintendent Billy Duane stressed that motorcyclists must realise that a bike offers little protection and a serious injury in a crash is likely “no matter what speed you are going at.”

Superintendent Duane said gardaí were satisfied with how the investigation was going and all witnesses at the scene had been very co-operative.

This is the second motorcyclist death in less than a week on Cork roads and around the Mallow area.

On Sunday, July 15, a man in his 40s lost his life when his motorbike struck a ditch near Dromahane. He was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Friends and family have the opportunity to pay their respects to Craig at O’Keeffe’s Funeral Home, Buttevant on Sunday from 4pm to 6pm followed by Requiem Mass on Monday at 2.30pm at St Mary’s Church.

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