Two English friends who died in a crash involving their motorbikes on the M50 in Dublin this summer have had to be officially identified through DNA samples due to the catastrophic nature of their injuries.
The preliminary hearing of the inquests into the deaths of Paul Ingram and Brian McFarlane at the Dublin Borough Coroner’s Court found forensic scientists had to match DNA samples with relatives of the victims to confirm their identities.
The two motorcyclists were killed when their Harley-Davidson motorcycles accidentally collided with each other on the M50 on June 3rd this year.
It is understood that the two men were killed instantly when a truck driving directly behind them failed to avoid hitting the motorcyclists.
It is understood that a truck driving right behind the two friends had no choice but to avoid hitting them.
Mr Ingram (59) from Moulton, Northamptonshire and Mr McFarlane (63) from Sutton Courtenay in Oxfordshire had been enjoying a motorcycling holiday in Ireland, touring and camping along the Wild Atlantic Way.
In a statement, Forensic Science Ireland’s Gillian Lavelle concluded that a DNA sample from Mr Ingram’s sister Sally Ann Monger indicated they were 61 times more likely to be related than unrelated.
dr Lavelle said this shows “modest support” that they are related.
The forensic scientist said analysis of a DNA sample from Mr McFarlane’s son Brian found he was 400,000 times more likely to be a child of the victim than unrelated.
Detective Inspector Donncha Maguire requested an adjournment of the inquest under Section 25 of the Coroners Act to allow Gardai time to complete their inquiry into the deaths of the two men.
Coroner Clare Keane granted the motion and adjourned the citing hearing until June 6, 2023.
dr Keane said autopsy results on both men’s cases showed they died from brain and multiple organ injuries.
Gardaí have had to issue an appeal to the public not to share images of the aftermath of last June’s collision after shocking footage of the accident scene was posted on social media within minutes of the fatal incident.
A relative of Mr Ingram said she saw the pictures online before realizing it was of a member of her own family.
The Irish motorcycling community paid tribute to the two victims by providing an escort for Mr Ingram’s coffin as he was being returned from Dublin Airport to his family in England, while posting an honor guard for a cremation service for Mr McFarlane in Dublin.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/two-motorcyclists-killed-in-m50-crash-had-to-be-identified-by-dna-samples-due-to-catastrophic-injuries-42201866.html Two motorcyclists killed in the M50 crash had to be identified through DNA samples due to catastrophic injuries