Motorcyclist injured in County Limerick accident died from head and chest injuries

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A TRAINEE naval officer died as a result of a severe injuries which he sustained in a road accident on the outskirts of the city almost 18 months ago.

A TRAINEE naval officer died as a result of a severe injuries which he sustained in a road accident on the outskirts of the city almost 18 months ago.

30-year-old Alec Murphy, who was a trainee technician at Haulboline in Cork, died when the Suzuki motorbike he was driving collided with a jeep towing a horse box near Beary’s Cross on the Tipperary Road on February 20, 2011.

At an inquest into his death, Insp Brendan McDonagh said gardai were alerted to a serious road accident at around 1.30pm.

Coroner, Dr Timothy Casey was told that when gardai arrived the body of Mr Murphy, who was originally from Crossagalla, Old Cork Road was on the ground near the jeep and trailer.

Another motorist, Kevin Holmes, told gardai the accident happened as the jeep was exiting the Great Gas petrol station on the N24.

The jeep, the inquest heard was travelling in the direction of Tipperary and Mr Murphy’s motorbike was travelling in the direction of Limerick city.

He said he heard the motorbike “breaking and screeching” for “two to three second” before it collided with the front of the jeep.

Mr Holmes told gardai the driver of the jeep - a pensioner from Limerick city - didn’t see the motorbike coming “until the last second”.

Mr Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and the driver of the jeep, who has since died, was not injured in the impact.

In his statement to gardai, Kevin Holmes described how following the impact he ran onto the road to stop traffic while a number of other motorists, who came upon the scene, performed CPR on Mr Murphy.

A post-mortem conducted by pathologist, Vourneen Healy, at the Mid Western Regional Hospital showed Alec Murphy sustained extensive head and chest injuries consistant with being involved in a road accident.

The jury of four men and two women returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.