Boy, 10, died from injuries after his bike collided with horse racing trainer's car - petsitterbank

Boy, 10, died from injuries after his bike collided with horse racing trainer’s car

Adam Lyons, 10, from Borris in Ireland was fatally injured in June 2020. Trainer Aidan Fitzgerald told an inquest he had no time to brake before the crash

Aidan Fitzgerald pictured leaving Dublin Coroner’s Court

A ten-year-old boy died from serious injuries after his bike collided with a horse racing trainer’s car, an inquest heard.

Adam Lyons was fatally injured in the crash near his home while out with friends.

A hearing at Dublin District Coroner’s Court on Wednesday heard how the youngster, from Borris in Co Carlow, Ireland, was airlifted to hospital following the accident in June 2020.

Aidan Fitzgerald, who trains horses at his stables in nearby Ballymartin, told the inquest Adam’s bike suddenly came out of a minor road at a T-junction.

The former amateur jockey said he stopped his Toyota Land Cruiser within meters as he believed he was only traveling at a speed of 20km/h at the point of impact.

Fitzgerald reported to coroner Dr Clare Keane that shortly before the collision he had pulled his vehicle into the verge to allow three girls on bicycles to pass. One of them was Adam’s sister, Ava.

Mr Fitzgerald said the cyclist had not landed on the bonnet of his SUV and Adam’s head had not made contact with the vehicle as he had swerved to try and avoid the impact.

During the case, Adam’s father Eddie asked the trainer if he could have got the speed he was traveling at wrong.

Mr Fitzgerald replied that he had stopped “pretty quick,” the Irish Mirror reports.

Garda Sean Delaney gave evidence to the inquest


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Forensic collision investigation expert Garda Maurice Mahon


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“It only took a few meters to stop. I know I was not going fast. I don’t drive quick,” he added.

In a statement, one of Adam’s friends, David Cass, described how they had been out to pick up a game controller.

David said he and third member of the group, Seán Dalton, stopped as they came to the junction but Adam “kept going on.”

Forensic collision investigator, Garda Maurice Mahon, said it had not been possible to estimate the speed of either the vehicle or bicycle.

He said Adam had probably hit a wall as a result of the impact or a rock on the ground next to the wall.

Aidan Fitzgerald trains horses in Ballymartin, Borris, Co Carlow



The inquest heard an inspection of Mr Fitzgerald’s vehicle found it had a few minor defects but nothing which contributed to the fatal collision, while Adam’s bike was in good mechanical order.

Garda Sean Delaney said it appeared that the schoolboy had only glanced off the vehicle as there was only a slight scratch mark on the bonnet from the handlebars of the bicycle.

The court heard Mr Fitzgerald had been convicted and fined for not having a valid NCT certificate at the time of the collision but that there were no criminal proceedings in relation to the crash itself.

Adam died at Children’s Health Ireland Temple Street in Dublin on June 25, 2020, as a result of multiple traumatic injuries.

Returning a verdict of accidental death, Dr. Keane expressed her condolences to Adam’s family.

“It’s a heartbreaking loss. There are no words to say,” she said.

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