Toddler injured in County Limerick crash died from ruptured spleen

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A TODDLER who sustained serious injuries in a road crash near Bruree last year, died from a ruptured spleen, Limerick Coroners Court was told this Wednesday.

A TODDLER who sustained serious injuries in a road crash near Bruree last year, died from a ruptured spleen, Limerick Coroners Court was told this Wednesday.

Thirteen-month-old Thomas Anthony O’Brien died when the Renault Clio car being driven by his mother, Nicole O’Brien, collided with a Citroen Berlingo van near Rockhill Cross on the Limerick to Cork road on February 4, 2011.

Thomas was a back seat-passenger in the car which was being driven by Ms O’Brien from Kilmallock to Charleville where she was living at the time.

Ms O’Brien sustained a fractured hip and a broken wrist in the accident, which happened at around 4.15pm.

Two brothers from Patrickswell who were travelling in the opposite direction in the van sustained minor injuries in the head-on collision.

In her statement to gardai, Ms O’Brien said she had swerved to avoid the oncoming van, which had crossed onto her side of the road.

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