Coroner's quad bike warning after death
COUNTY Wexford Coroner Dr Sean Nixon issued a warning about the dangers of quad bikes following the death of a 51-year-old quad bike enthusiast in an accident on Ballinesker Beach last December. Noel O'Reilly, of Kilmacoe, Curracloe, died on December 23. He had left his home at 3.45 p.m. and an alarm was issued when he failed to return that evening. He was located by members of the Coastguard.
The inquest heard that Mr O'Reilly was thrown from the quad bike when it flipped over near the water's edge.
His wife Angela said Noel would often go off searching for driftwood on his quad bike. Denis Fitzgerald with the Coastguard said he found a trailer upside down, the quad bike and a body lying in a pool of water three quarters of a mile up from Ballinesker Beach.
The Coastguard helicoper arrived and his colleague Alexandra Drafilova performed CPR on Mr O'Reilly but it was too late.
Pathologist Dr Rob Landers said a ring fracture at the base of the skull led to death. Dr Nixon said quad bikes are inherently unstable, recording a verdict of accidental death.