A VERDICT of accidental death was recorded at the inquest of a cyclist who died after she was knocked down and dragged under a truck more than six years ago.
Nadia Lescuier, 31, who was originally from France had been living in Limerick for less than six months when the fatal accident happened at Plassy Road, Castletroy on October 18, 2006.
Limerick Coroners Court heard this Wednesday that Ms Lescuier and her husband, Jacky Lebigire, were cycling home from work to their apartment at Mallow Street in the city centre at around 4pm when a lorry pulled across Ms Lescuier as it was entering a construction site near the entrance to the University of Limerick.
Following the accident Mr Lebigire told gardai his wife was around ten metres in front of him when she was struck by the truck.
“I was certain it would stop to let us go, he should have stopped,” he said adding that he and his wife were on a cycle-lane at the time.
Mr Lebigire said there had been no indication from the truck that it was going to turn left and he described how his wife was dragged under the vehicle after she was knocked down.
A doctor from Beaumont Hospital, who was attending a seminar at UL and who came across the accident, told gardai she could not find a pulse and she said Ms Lescuier was “flatlining” when paramedics arrived.
The 31-year-old, who worked at Cook Ireland, was pronounced dead later that evening at St John’s Hospital.
Dr Vourneen Healy said she found “numerous external injuries and abrasions” when she conducted a post mortem and she told the inquest that Ms Lescuier had died from severe traumatic injuries to her chest, head and abdomen.
Insp Seamus Ruane said an extensive garda investigation was conducted following the accident but that nobody had ever been prosecuted in relation to the accident.
Forensic collision investigator James O’Brien examined the scene of the accident and in his report he stated that the truck was working correctly on the day. He said he could find no evidence that the bicyle was defective.
He attributed the cause of the accident to a combination of factors.
He said in his opinion the layout of the entrance to the construction site was a factor as was the driving of truck driver on the day, which he said had been “inappropriate”.
Garda O’Brien added that it appeared Ms Lescuier had not given enough attention to the truck as it was passing her on the road.
The jury of two men and six women returned a verdict of accidental death.
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