Flowers and stars for tragic cyclist killed in Limerick

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

The flowers left for Natalia Jimenez Martinez by her Cook Medical colleagues outside the Hunt Museum, marking the spot where she tragically died
ALONG the railings outside the Hunt Museum, fresh flowers and bright stars mark a memorial, apparently a tribute to the cyclist tragically killed while making her way to work.

ALONG the railings outside the Hunt Museum, fresh flowers and bright stars mark a memorial, apparently a tribute to the cyclist tragically killed while making her way to work.

Spaniard Natalia Jimenez Martinez was killed in a fatal collision with a truck at the junction of Rutland Street and Charlotte Quay last July.

Ms Jimenez Martinez, who was in her 30s, was originally from Murcia in Spain and had been living in Limerick for at least seven years.

She was cycling to work in Cook Medical in the National Technological Park in Plassey when the incident occurred. Ms Jimenez Martinez died instantly as a result of the collision.

Since the tragic accident, there has been “an endless supply of flowers on the railings - every week since, not just one solitary bunch, but an array,” said Hunt director Dr Hugh Maguire.

The colourful flowers have also been further supplemented in recent days with colourful stars, seemingly a tribute to the popular Spaniard, whose tragic death caused unimaginable grief to her long-term partner Paul Hynan, from county Limerick, her many friends and her colleagues in Cook Medical.

Ms Jimenez Martinez, who was buried in her native country, was the youngest daughter of prominent Spanish regional government official and academic Pedro Jimenez Mompean.