Cyclist dies in hospital week after accident

Cyclist dies in hospital week after accident
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A 62-year-old cyclist passed away at Cork University Hospital more than a week after he was involved in a road traffic accident with a car.

The man, who lived in Kilcoe, was seriously injured in the accident, which took place at Lissanoohig near Skibbereen at midday on Friday, April 21.

He was airlifted from the scene of the accident to Cork University Hospital where he remained until Saturday, April 29, when he passed away, eight days after the accident.

The driver of the car was not injured.

The deceased was named locally as Rob Ball.

It is believed that he was originally from the UK and had lived in the area for some 20 years.

Locals described him as a well-liked and talented man and said that he lived alone.

Skibbereen councillor Joe Carroll paid tribute to Mr Ball.

"He was very popular, very well-liked by his neighbours. He was a talented man, an artist, and this is just a very sad occasion."

Mr Carroll said it was a 'freak accident' that had left many in the community shocked.

"We were all very upset to hear about his passing. As a local representative, it is the last thing that you want to hear and it is a very sad occasion for all involved."

Gardai appealed to anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact them at either Skibbereen Garda Station on 028 23088 or Clonakilty Garda Station on 023 8821570.

It brings the total number of cyclists killed on Irish roads to six so far in 2017.

The total number for 2016 was ten, prompting calls for action from cycling safety advocates in Ireland.

Government chief whip Regina Doherty TD took to Twitter to express her sympathies with the deceased and to call for action to reduce cycling fatalities on Irish roads.

Her party has proposed to introduce legislation to protect cyclists by requiring motorists to leave a 1.5 metre gap when overtaking.

It is expected that the new rules will be in place by the end of the year.

Deputy Doherty said, "Far too many [deaths] this year - attitude to sharing the roads and consideration to all road users must change."

Advocacy group, the Cork Cycling Campaign, also posted a message in the wake of the accident offering their 'deepest condolences' to the victim.

The group has been particularly vocal in calling for improved protection for cyclists on Irish roads in recent months.

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