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Friday 19 April 2019

Sweeper truck driver in court charged over death of tragic cyclist Ryan (25)

Cyclist Ryan McCarthy died as a result of crush injuries
Cyclist Ryan McCarthy died as a result of crush injuries

A man has been charged with dangerous driving causing death after a cyclist was killed in a collision with a road sweeper truck in south Dublin.

Darius Zemantis (47) app-eared before a sitting of Tall-aght District Court yesterday morning in relation to the fatal accident.

Ryan McCarthy (25) died in the incident with the sweeper truck, which was operating on behalf of the local authority.

Cyclist Mr McCarthy was pronounced dead at the scene following the accident at Whitechurch Road, Rathfarnham, on November 17, 2017.

Arrest

The matter was under investigation by officers based at Terenure Garda Station, and yesterday morning Mr Zemantis was brought before Tallaght District Court in relation to the crash.

He is charged with one count of dangerous driving causing the death of Mr McCarthy on the date of the incident.

A garda gave evidence of arrest, charge, and caution at the brief hearing yesterday morning.

Mr Zemantis, of Saggart, west Dublin, was remanded on bail and is due to appear in court in relation to the case next month.

It is alleged that he was driving the sweeper truck in a dangerous manner resulting in the death of Mr McCarthy, 15 months ago.

An inquest into the death of the cyclist previously heard that he died as a result of crush injuries suffered during the collision.

The vehicle was being operated by a private contractor on behalf of South Dublin County Council.

Health and Safety Authority inspector Kevin Broderick said the body was conducting a separate investigation into the incident and liaising with gardai at Terenure.

Mr McCarthy, of Grangebrook Avenue, Rathfarnham, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His mother, Stephanie Mc- Carthy, formally identified her son at Tallaght Hospital to Sgt Brian Flynn before a post- mortem was carried out.

Dr Barbara Loftus gave the cause of death as crush injuries due to a road traffic collision.

Mr McCarthy came from a family of competitive cyclists, with relatives involved in mountain bike, off-road and track events, the inquest heard.

At that hearing in April last year, Det Insp Liam Kelly said the garda investigation was at an advanced stage and a file was due to be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

At the time of the tragedy, the Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club paid tribute to its former member.

Saddened

"From a cycling family and with a deep love of the sport, both on and off-road, Ryan was as good hearted a young man as anyone could ever hope to meet," it said.

"His tragic loss leaves his family heartbroken, and many friends across the cycling community shocked and saddened."

A club member posted on the club's website: "Ryan loved cycling and his time with Orwell. He left many lasting memories and a feel-good experience with club members who met him."

Friends also took to social media to pay tribute to the "beautiful, gentle soul" who was well-known in his local area.

"He will be sorely missed, a beautiful, gentle soul with his willing smile and softest of eyes. He brought people together in a very special way," one said.

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