At an inquest in Galway, held yesterday (February 16) in the deaths of Michel and Jacqueline Lacave from Pontvallain in Pays de La Loire [France], ages 77 and 69, respectively, those in attendance heard that the couple were both pronounced dead at the scene of the incident after their Harley-Davidson collided with a car on a hairpin bend in the roadway.
The tragic accident occurred on July 5, 2011. At the time, Mrs. Lacave was riding as a passenger behind her husband.
COMMENT: Sadly, Mr. Lacave's wife, Jacqueline, had just celebrated her 69th birthday when the accident occurred. The collision took place at Roo Demesne between Kinvara and Ballyvaughan. Paul Cuffe told the inquest he was traveling home to Wicklow with his family when the Lacave's bike lost control and skidded into the path of his vehicle, killing them instantly.
I'm sure that I may be subject to criticism by some, but considering that the central theme of this site is for all of us to learn from the misfortunes of others, in the hope preventing future injuries and death, one can only hope that Mr. Lacave was an experienced motorcyclist and had a valid French motorcycle license.
Also, hopefully, the Lacave's had visited Ireland before and knew the roads and their risk level.
Considering that I'm in my 60s and recall riding motorcycles earlier in my life, I cannot imagine doing so today, no matter how great I feel, knowing that muscle mass and elasticity diminishes considerably with age, which can only potentially put one's safety in jeopardy.