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Monday 23 October 2017

Dublin dad killed crossing busy M1 motorway on bike

This is the Dublin dad who was killed yesterday as he cycled across the M1 motorway near Swords.

Patrick Hutchinson (50) from the Coultry Drive area of Ballymun, died after being hit by a car on the busy road at around 5pm.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the tragedy.

The collision occurred on the southbound carriageway between the Donabate and Swords junctions of the M1.

Mr Hutchinson was taken by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital but was pronounced dead.

The occupants of the car were uninjured in the crash.

The motorway was closed for a brief period to facilitate emergency services and gardai but reopened a short time later.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coolock Garda Station 01-6664200, Swords Garda Station 01-6664700 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

Mr Hutchinson's death brings to 109 the number of people killed on Irish roads so far this year, which is three more than at the same time last year.

He is the eighth cyclist to be killed on the road, and the 16th person to die on the roads this month alone.

Gardai investigating the accident said they are trying to establish how Mr Hutchinson was on the motorway, which is off-limits to pedestrians, cyclists, and mopeds.

This is the second fatal accident involving a cyclist within the last three weeks. Spanish national Natalia Jimenez Martinez, in her 30s, was killed in a collision with a truck in Limerick city on July 9. She had been living herefor five years and was cycling to work in Castletroy at the time of the accident.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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