Irish cyclist death on club spin ruled “accidental” as evidence differs

Posted on: March 16th, 2019

An Irish cyclist was killed on a club spin preparing for a sportive. Evidence about how it happened has differed and the death has been ruled accidental


The death of a cyclist on a club spin has been ruled accidental after evidence from several witnesses at her inquest differed.

A number of accounts were heard as to how Annette Mannix was killed under the wheels of a tractor.

The 48-year-old was on a Killarney Cycling Club ride preparing for the Ring of Kerry Sportive when she was killed.

She lost her life on the N22 Killarney bypass on May 10, 2017. The group she was in came to the Lewis Road junction on the bypass.

At that point, with the group traveling in the direction of Tralee-Killorglin, the riders had to leave a cycle lane entering the junction and then rejoin it on the other side.

On the ride two mentors were at the back of the group and one of those, Paul O’Raw, said Annette Mannix had not strayed into the road as they took the junction.

He told the inquest that a tractor passing them moved gradually to the left; the rear wheel had hit Ms Mannix and the trailer being pulled behind had rolled over her.

The tractor driver, Dean Taylor, said Ms Mannix had ridden up onto the pavement and then came off it suddenly. He said she did this as he passed and he denied the vehicle moved to the left.

A truck driver said the cyclist quickened while being passed and made contact with the tractor’s left wheel. He added she lost control.

After hearing the evidence during the inquest the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

Ms Mannix was from St Brendan’s Place in Killarney. The inquest was told she was a slow but steady rider.

She was out with the group, accompanied by mentors, for a 25km ride with cyclists preparing for the Ring of Kerry.

At the time of the crash she was among a three-rider small group at the back of the bigger group. The tractor driver overtook them as they merged back onto the roadway exiting the junction.

The group had set out at 7pm on a bright evening. Conditions were good and the tractor had a good mirror system with the driver having a clear view of the road, the inquest was told.

A Garda witness said it was not clear how Ms Mannix and the back wheel of the tractor had come into contact.

At the time there was a small gap between her and the other riders, with two mentors behind her.