Following a fatal road collision last May, the Coroner for Mayo, Patrick O’Connor has recommended that a safety review be carried out of the exit and entry areas at Corrigan’s Filling Station, Ballintubber, Castlebar.
The Coroner suggested that the review should be carried out by Mayo County Council in consultation with the garage owner and the Gardai.
Mr. O’Connor made his recommendation after hearing evidence at an inquest yesterday into the death of Patrick (Pat) Jordan, Carrowkeel, Clogher, Claremorris, on May 18 last.
72-year old Mr Jordan, a retired machine driver, suffered what were described as catastrophic head injuries, when his Volkswagen Passat car was struck by another vehicle after exiting the filling station at Ballintubber, near Castlebar. He died at Mayo University Hospital four days later without regaining consciousness.
The driver of the second vehicle - Stephen Lally of Shangort, Srah, Claremorris - was travelling to work in Ballinrobe when the collision took place on 18th May last year.
Mr Lally told the inquest that he braked and moved to avoid a collision when he saw Mr. Jordan’s car as it was turning to come across the road towards Ballintubber Abbey.
Sergeant Gabriel McLoughlin, PSV Inspector for Mayo, said the condition of either vehicle had not contributed to the collision which occurred in a speed limit area of 60km/hour.
Sergeant McLoughlin said the front of the BMW collided with the front side of the Passat which was towing a trailer at the time.
A barrel of fuel in the trailer was dislodged in the collision and travelled 25 metres to its point of rest, from where it first landed on the road.
The cause of death was relayed to the inquest by a consultant pathologist as hospital acquired pneumonia, resulting from traumatic brain injury.
The pathologist, Dr. Fadel Bennani, said Beaumont Hospital had been contacted but had decided it would have been unable to help the victim as his brain haemorrhage was beyond surgical repair.
The coroner expressed his deepest sympathy to Mr. Jordan’s wife and family on their sad loss, as did Sergeant Declan Casey on behalf of An Garda Siochana.