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Breaffy engineer’s inquest finds death by misadventure


Anton McNulty

A BREAFFY man who was involved in a road traffic accident died from injuries sustained by a fence post, the inquest into his death heard.
Timothy John Lyons (36) of Kilmacrade, Breaffy, Castlebar, died on March 26, 2017, when his BMW 3 series car left the road at Kilbride, Newport, and travelled 83.5 metres before hitting an embankment.
The inquest into his death, which was held yesterday (Monday) in Castlebar, heard that the car struck a low fence dividing the Greenway and the road, and that a fence post had come through the vehicle’s footwell and entered Mr Lyon’s pelvis.
When the car left the road, it first hit the fencing as well as a stone wall before coming to a stop near the entrance to a farm yard.
Dr Fadel Bennani, the consultant pathologist who performed the postmortem, explained that the stake had caused extensive injuries to the pelvic bone, which caused massive haemorrhaging, and had severed all the nerves in the pelvic area.
Dr Bennani explained that there were no head injuries, and that the cause of death was as a result of extensive compound fracture to the pelvic bone.
The accident occurred on the N59 at Kilbride, Newport, and was reported to gardaí at 4.30am on March 26. Mr Lyons, an engineer by profession, was driving in the direction of Newport when the accident occurred.
Jennifer Kilbane, a nurse who lives in the area and one of those who came upon the crash scene, said she was in bed when she heard a bang. She and her husband went to the scene to investigate. Once there, she attended to Mr Lyons, found his carotid pulse and rang 999. Mr Lyons was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Sgt Gabriel McLoughlin, who examined the accident scene, explained that the car had been in a roadworthy condition. There was no evidence of the car breaking before it stopped, he said. The accident occurred on a slight bend, but the road was dry, and Sgt McLoughlin said there should have been no difficulty taking the bend if the car had been travelling within the speed limit of 100km per hour.
The inquest also heard that Mr Lyons had a high reading of alcohol in his blood.
After deliberating, the jury recorded a verdict of misadventure. Mr Pat O’Connell, Coroner for Mayo, expressed sympathy to Mr Lyons’s parents and family on their loss. He also said that at this time of the year, it was important that all drivers to be careful on the road, and be sure to never drink and drive.

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