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Ryan McCarthy, a member of Orwell Wheelers, was killed out on his bike in 2017 in a crash with the driver of a road sweep vehicle

The family of Ryan McCarthy, a cyclist killed in Dublin in a crash with a road sweep van driver, has settled their legal action for €90,000. The 25-year-old racing cyclist from Grangebrook Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, was cycling at Whitechurch Road in Rathfarnham at 12.30pm on November 17th, 2017, when he was killed.

The inquest into his death previously heard that the truck driver had finished his sweeping duties and was making a right-hand turn off Whitechurch Road into the Whitecliff Estate entrance to make a U-turn when the fatal crash occurred.

A statement read at the High Court yesterday by Oxigen Environmental, the company owned the truck, offered its sympathies to Ryan’s family. At the time of his death he was hoping to become a special needs assistant.

Ryan’s mother, Stephanie McCarthy, also of Grangebrook Avenue, Rathfarnham, had sued Oxigen Environmental Unlimited Company and Oxigen Environmental Ltd, both based at Ballymount Road Lower. The companies were the owners of the road sweeping truck and the driver, Darius Zemetis, of the same address, was also sued.

Mrs McCarthy’s action claimed there was a failure to respect her son’s right of way on the day, and to take steps to check the truck’s movements – via mirrors. The action also claimed a failure on the part of the driver to look out for cyclists and alleged the driver had cut across Ryan’s route.

While Ryan, a very experienced cyclist, tried to take evasive action on his bike, it was too late, and he was struck and pronounced dead at the scene.

The claims were denied by the parties being sued and a settlement was reached, without the court holding a hearing and deciding liability. Mr Justice Paul Coffey noted the settlement reached between the parties and extended his sympathies to the McCarthy family.

An inquest hearing in 2018 was told Ryan’s mother formally identified her son after his death. She did so at Tallaght Hospital to Sgt Brian Flynn before a post mortem was carried out.

Dr Barbara Loftus told the inquest the post mortem established the cause of death as crush injuries. In the period before his death, Ryan had been cycling with Orwell Wheelers in south Dublin.

The club also lost rider Tonya McEvoy the previous February. The 34-year-old child care worker was in collision with a vehicle on a training ride in Co Kildare. Ryan was from a competitive cycling family. His sister Leah McCarthy is a mountain bike rider.

Ryan’s uncle, Peter Buggle, is well known in off road racing circles. His grandfather, Paddy Buggle, competed in track racing in the 1930s.

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