Relative of biker killed in crash saw sick videos before realising it was him
A relation of motorcyclist killed in a horrific motorway crash saw sick videos of the incident before she realised she was related to a victim The woman, and Paul Ingram’s family circle, only learned about the death after videos spread on social media. She was shocked by the disturbing footage of the aftermath of the accident.
The accident happened last Friday and Paul, 59, and 63-year-old friend Brian McFarlane were killed. After the smash the devastated woman was told her relation was one of the victims. She told the Irish Mirror : “I sadly saw the videos before I realised it was Paul.”
Emergency services at the scene of the accident (PA)
The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “I was sickened and sad and prayed for the poor families that this happened to, then I realised on Saturday morning that it was my family.”
Mr Ingram, a widower from Moulton in Northampton, and Mr McFarlane whose address address was from a village in the Oxford were killed outright. The pair were involved in a freak accident as they rode along the M50 on the outskirts of Dublin last Friday afternoon. Both men were on Harley Davison motorbikes when they accidentally collided with each other – and fell on to the carriageway.
They victims lay helpless on the road and a truck travelling behind the pair had no chance to avoid the friends and slammed into them.
The serious collision happened on the M50 motorway northbound in Dublin on Friday (PA)
Both men suffered horrendous injuries and were killed instantly. It is believed gardai had to use DNA technology to formally identify them. But within minutes of the crash on the northbound carriageway at 2.15pm, videos appeared online showing gruesome scenes of the accident.
Investigating gardai appealed for people not to share the clips. And the relative of Mr Ingram, whose wife Lesley died around five years ago, last night said the family was horrified by the videos. The only consolation, she said, was that lifelong biker Mr Ingram died doing what he loved.
She said: “Paul was a passionate bike rider. He was a rider all of his life. The only comfort the family will ever have is knowing he sadly passed doing what he loved.”
Forensic collision investigators also attended the devastating scene (PA)
Gardai are still investigating the incident, which caused massive tailbacks on the busy motorway for several hours.
Sources stressed neither the victims nor the driver of the lorry involved are suspected of any wrongdoing. One source said: “The two men on the motorbikes were on holiday from England. It looks like they were riding along and they bumped into each other.
“It was an accident and there is no suggestion that they were speeding. But when two motorcyclists even tip off each other at 100kph, the results are devastating. “They both fell off their bikes on to the carriageway and were hit by a truck.
The driver could do nothing to avoid them.
It is a terrible tragedy.”
Witnesses to to the accident should call Lucan Garda Station or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.