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Monday 17 December 2018

Anger over danger of motorbikes as man fights for life

Darndale Park in Coolock
Darndale Park in Coolock

A 38-year-old man was last night continuing to fight for his life after a scrambler landed on his head in a Dublin park.

The victim and his partner (43) were sunbathing in Darndale Park, Coolock, when the serious incident happened.

Gardai believe that the scrambler-type motorbike drove over the brow of a hill and landed on the man's head.

Councillor Cian O'Callaghan, representing the Social Democrats in the Howth-Malahide area, said that the incident highlighted how the use of scramblers and quad bikes had reached "epidemic" levels.

Epidemic

"The misuse of quad bikes and scramblers has been allowed to reach epidemic proportions in many communities, including my own constituency.

"Teenagers are driving these vehicles without any tax, insurance or drivers' licences.

"It's also not unusual to see children as young as seven or eight racing around housing estates and in public open spaces and parks, posing a huge danger to themselves as well as pedestrians and road users," Mr O'Callaghan said.

The local councillor added that parents who allow their children to misuse scramblers should be fined.

"We also need to see legislation to allow gardai to seize vehicles where they are being driven by children, and also to introduce fines for parents who allow their children to misuse quads and scramblers.

"This social problem has been passed around various agencies and authorities and communities are increasingly frustrated that they are not seeing the urgent response needed," Mr O'Callaghan said.

Critical

Emergency services were alerted to the scene shortly after 2pm on Saturday, and the injured man was rushed to Beaumont Hospital.

Last night he remained in a critical condition.

As part of the investigation, gardai have interviewed the juvenile male who was driving the scrambler.

The youth was not arrested, but has been assisting officers with their enquiries into the incident.

A garda spokesman said that investigators are continuing to appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident, or had any information, to call Coolock garda station (01-666 4200).

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