An inquest heard today that a 50-year-old head chef at a Mayo restaurant was killed instantly when his car crashed into an articulated low loader trailer.
Brian Farren of Roskeen, Newport and formerly of Dalkey, Co. Dublin, had dropped his daughter to school in Westport and was on his return journey when the tragedy occurred on the N59 near Mulranny around 9 a.m. on April 25 last year.
The father-of two was head chef at Nevin’s Bar and Restaurant, Tiernaur, Mulranny.
Mr. Farren was killed when his Peugeot car left the road as he drove westwards on the N59 towards Mulranny and hit a low loader parked in a gravel lay-by, adjacent to the roadway.
Garda evidence was given to today’s hearing that there was no evidence of any braking by Mr. Farren and the deceased had not been wearing a seatbelt.
Medical evidence was given that the cause of death was multiple body injuries including a lacerated liver and lacerated lung.
The Coroner said there was no evidence of alcohol in Mr Farren's system.
After an inquest jury returned a verdict of accidental death, the Coroner for Mayo Patrick O’Connor noted the victim had not been wearing a seatbelt and said that fact was probably significant in relation to the injuries he sustained.
Mr. O’Connor also remarked that it is unusual nowadays for drivers not to wear seatbelts but said “unfortunately it does happen”.