Limerick jockey crushed after falling from tractor

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

The late Ryan Cusack
AN INQUEST has heard that a young jockey died after he sustained severe crush injuries when he fell from a tractor and trailer while working on a farm owned by horse trainer Enda Bolger.

AN INQUEST has heard that a young jockey died after he sustained severe crush injuries when he fell from a tractor and trailer while working on a farm owned by horse trainer Enda Bolger.

Ryan Cusack, 17, from Murroe was helping to clean up branches from cut trees when the fatal accident happened shortly before midday on February 21, last.

This Wednesday, Garda Deano Wilkinson said gardai were alerted to a “serious farm accident” at Howardstown, Bruree at around 11.40am and that when he and a colleague arrived he observed a young male on the ground a short distance from a tractor and trailor.

He said he established that Mr Cusack, who was pronounced http://www.limerickleader.ie/news/community/over-1-000-mourners-pay-their-respects-to-tragic-limerick-jockey-1-5897876 a short time later, had been standing on the drawbar between the tractor and trailer and had been rolled over after falling off.

Coroner, Dr Timothy Casey was told the driver of the tractor - Pat Murphy - worked as a yard hand for Enda Bolger.

The 59-year old, who was convicted of criminal charges relating to the incident earlier this year, told gardai he was cleaning up tree branches from the front garden of the house on the morning of the incident.

He said after filling the trailer with branches he was driving the tractor “down the avenue to tip the trailer”.

He said Mr Cusack was standing on the drawbar and that another youth was in the cabin of the tractor with him.

In a cautioned statement he told gardai how he stopped and looked around when he “felt an unusual bump”.

It was at this point, he said, he realised that Mr Cusack had fallen off.

He immediately raised the alarm after he found the 17-year-old lying face down on the ground to the rear of the tractor. “I was completely in shock,” he told gardai.

A post mortem showed Mr Cusack sustained multiple abrasions to his chest and upper limbs.

Dr Elizabeth Mulcahy said he sustained a fractured rib and multiple injuries to his heart.

There was a significant amount of internal bleeding as a result of his liver rupturing.

The cause of death, she said, was as a result of “hypovolemic shock secondary to severe traumatic myocardial and liver crush injuries”.

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