Coroner Dr Clare Keane has expressed the death of a 10-year-old boy in Carlow in 2020 as a 'heartbreaking loss' and a "shocking accident which affected so many people."
Adam Lyons, from Borris in Carlow was fatally injured when cycling with friends in June 2020.
Aidan Fitzgerald, a former jockey and horse trainer, told the inquest into the boy's death that he had no time to break before the fatal collision, after the victim had suddenly come out of a minor road at a T-junction.
Mr Fitzgerald says he managed to stop his car within metres and swerved to avoid the boy.
Forensic collision investagator, Garda Maurice Mahon, said that Adam had probably hit a wall as a result of the impact, and that he had only glanced off the vehicle on impact.
While Garda Seán Delaney said Mr Fitzgerald had passed a breathalyser test, and wasn't using his mobile phone at the time of the incident.
The witness also said he had driven the same route and the time it took corroborated the evidence provided by the Horse Trainer, whose facility is local to the area.
The inquest, which took place at the Dublin Coroner's Couty, heard Adam died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries resulting from the collision, including a collapsed lung, broken left femur and severe internal bleeding.
Noting it would have been Adam’s 12th birthday next week, Dr Keane said: “It’s a heart-breaking loss. There are no words to say.”