Fireman called to scene of nephew's fatal quad crash
A TEENAGER who lost his life in a road accident while driving on a quad bike was not wearing a crash helmet.
Kenneth Ryan (17), from Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, was travelling without a helmet on a quad bike when it was in a collision with a tractor and hedge-cutting machinery.
Tragically, his uncle - who works as a fireman - was one of the first on the scene and tried to save the young man's life.
Kenneth sustained fatal injuries to his head and died at the scene. Gardai said the collision occurred at around 1.45pm on the Oola to Doon Road.
Kenneth's uncle, a fireman with Limerick County Fire Service, was dispatched to the scene as part of the emergency service response.
It was only when he arrived at the scene with his colleagues that he realised the victim was his nephew.
"He was at the scene. It's very tragic," an informed source confirmed.
Det Insp Brian Sugrue, acting Superintendent at Bruff Garda station, said: "The young man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body has been brought to hospital in Limerick for a post mortem. We are not appealing for any witnesses."
Gardai said the fatal crash happened on a sharp bend on the R507 about three miles from Oola.
"He sustained severe head injuries. He wasn't wearing a helmet. His family attended the scene and have also gone with him to (University Hospital Limerick). Our forensic collision investigators and scenes of crime unit are at the scene," Det Insp Sugrue added.
Gardai believe the victim had been traveling in convoy with a group of friends who were in a car, but who are not believed to have had any part in the incident.
"They were in a different car and had nothing to do with it as far as we can see. There were friends of his there at the time of the collision and are witnesses," Insp Sugrue added.
The officer warned people not to take any type of quad bike onto public roadways.
"They're very dangerous and they are not suitable for roads. They are also capable of tremendous speed and they don't have the safety features other vehicles would have," explained Insp Sugrue. "They are farm machinery that should not be used as recreational vehicles."
Kenneth's friends wrote tributes on his Facebook page expressing their shock.
Danielle Ryan said: "So shocked to hear... rest in peace kenny, you were an oul dote, god only takes the best x"
Ciaran McMahon wrote: "Words can't explain how I feel right now lost one of my best friends today you were always there for all of us kid sleep tight bro i'll never forget you"
Local resident and farmer John Dillon, former president of the Irish Farmers Association, said the close-knit community of Pallasgreen was in shock over the sudden, tragic accident.
Mr Dillon, who knows the Ryan family, said everyone is saddened by his death and he extended his condolences to Mr Ryan's family.