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27/09/2021

Devastated mother of Sallins biker killed on Co Kildare road describes son as 'such a careful driver'

The mother of a young Sallins man who tragically died on a Co Kildare road expressed profound sadness describing her son as 'such a careful driver.' 25-year-old Shane McCormac was driving his mother's bike, a birthday gift he had given her, on Tuesday last. His mother, Grace, was behind him when tragedy struck. Mr McCormac was in a collision with a van, he died at Walterstown, Nurney, soon after the collision took place, at about 6.15p.m. His distraught mother has paid a heartfelt show of gratitude to a fellow biker, an IT Carlow student, who 'jumped into that ditch and tried his best to save my son.' Speaking to KildareNow, Mrs Byrne McCormac said: "He tried his best to help him, Shane would have done the exact same thing.  He did not have a bad bone in his body. He always had the best of gear on him, he was such a careful driver. He always had a high-vis on, even during the day. It is so sad, it is every mother's nightmare." grace-mccormac and son Shane Mrs McCormac extended a huge thanks to the show of support from the biker community who attended her son's funeral in Sallins, last Friday. She said "I knew everyone of the bikers who turned up at his funeral. He was not happy unless he was stinking of oil and grease, with a hole in his jumper, working on a bike." At night, Shane working in the mailing department of the Irish Independent,while he dedicated his days to working on bikes. He was in the process of building a motorbike. Shane is survived by Grace and father Terry and younger brother, Tommy. Meanwhile, a 35-year-old man has been charged in relation to the collision  and has been remanded on bail to appear in court again in January. Maxim Grosu from Ruanbeg Way in Kildare town was charged at Naas District Court with dangerous driving, having no insurance and having no driving licence at Walterstown, Nurney.        

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