Garda appeal after baby boy injured in scrambler crash

by Gazette Reporter

Gardai are continuing their investigation into a crash between a scrambler and a quad bike in which a baby boy was seriously injured.

The infant was rushed to hospital following the collision at Cherry Orchard Park in Ballyfermot last Thursday at around 7pm.

It’s understood a woman in her 20s was sitting on a stationary quad bike with the baby on her lap when a scrambler travelling at speed struck the bike.

The infant was taken to Crumlin Children’s Hospital with serious injuries. He is now said to be in a stable condition.

The suspected driver of the scrambler, a man in his late teens, was taken to St James’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Gardai say the scrambler involved in the collision had been removed from the scene before they arrived. They are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Green Party TD Patrick Costello is now calling for an urgent crackdown to control the “scourge” of scramblers and quad bikes causing “havoc” in Dublin.

He said: “This latest accident, which left a young boy hospitalised with serious injuries, is just another example of the absolute scourge of scramblers and quad bikes being used on public roads.

“We have been going back and forth on this issue for years now. How many people need to be injured before we improve regulation around this area? 

“It’s time to get tough and crack down on the use of scramblers and quad bikes before yet another person gets hurt.

“Scramblers and quad bikes were designed for off-road use from the start. They do not have a tax disc or a licence plate, and those who use them don’t require a driver’s licence.

“It’s nonsensical to think that you must be at least 16 years of age to qualify for a licence to drive on a public road but you don’t need a licence or insurance for one of these.

“These bikes are loud and intimidating and are destroying the quality of life in many estates throughout the country, particularly communities I represent in Dublin South-Central. It has to stop.”

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information on the location of the scrambler to contact Ballyfermot Garda Station on 01 6667200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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