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Friday 28 July 2017

'I held her hand and asked God to save her', says woman who rushed to help tragic cyclist

The woman’s bicycle was left jammed underneath the lorry. Photo: Arthur Carron
The woman’s bicycle was left jammed underneath the lorry. Photo: Arthur Carron

A cyclist has died after a horror accident in Dublin.

The woman, aged in her late 30s, was involved in a collision with a truck at a roundabout at the junction of Templeville Road and Wellington Road in Terenure shortly after 2pm yesterday.

The woman, who lived in Dublin, is the fourth cyclist to die on Irish roads this year.

"I heard a bang when I was gardening outside my home. I looked up and saw a lorry had appeared to have swerved. Then I saw the woman lying on the ground," said local mother-of-three Marie Mooney, who ran to help her.

Prayer

"She was unconscious. A young man tried to find a pulse but couldn't.

"A local woman, who is a nurse, starting doing CPR to try and resuscitate her but there didn't seem to be any response.

"Several people tried to help. At one point I held her hand. I think another off-duty nurse came on the scene fairly quickly.

"I remember saying a prayer over her and asking God to save her. I went over to speak to the lorry driver and he was really very badly upset.

"Two fire engines and an ambulance arrived and they began treating her before taking her to hospital.

"I rang the emergency services straight away," Ms Mooney added.

Local woman Katie Tallon (26) said: "Among the people helping at the scene were two off-duty fire brigade paramedics, who were going their best.

"It was very upsetting seeing the woman lying on the road outside."

Veronica Delaney (77) said: "Everyone tried to do what they could to help, including a local nurse."

Gardai closed the road for a forensic examination.

Helmet

The lorry remained at the scene for a number of hours with the woman's bicycle jammed underneath it. Her bicycle helmet lay sideways nearby.

The woman was taken to Tallaght Hospital and was later pronounced dead. She is the second cyclist to be killed in Dublin in the past four days.

Paul Hannon, a solicitor who worked for the Central Bank, was killed in the early hours of last Friday when his bicycle was involved in a collision with a taxi in Patrick Street.

Mr Hannon, aged in his 40s, lived in Castleknock, Dublin, and was originally from Co Clare.

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