A 13-year-old boy who died after being struck by his brother’s bike in a motorcycling accident in Magilligan, County Londonderry, will be laid to rest in Dublin today.
Daniel Sherridan, a schoolboy from Tallaght in Dublin, fell from his motorbike at the practice track in Magilligan before being struck by his brother’s bike.
His brother, Jake, said he was “in shock” after the tragic crash. “It was as if it was a real bad dream”, he told BBC Radio Ulster. “It was so unexpected, there was nothing I could do. I was in shock and I still am in shock.”
Daniel was airlifted by an Irish coastguard helicopter to Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry, where he sadly passed away.
Dean Sheridan, Daniel’s brother, paid tribute after the accident. He described his brother as “my hero” and “my world”.
Dean Sheridan said: “I’ll never forget you brother, you were a superstar in the making. You never gave up. I’ll race you again someday up there so I hope you’re practising buddy. Love you with all my heart, my hero.”
St Kilian’s Senior School’s Parents Association paid tribute to their pupil in a statement, which read: “The Parents Association would like to extend its deepest sympathies to Daniel Sheridan’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
Family friend, Martin Barr from Ballyclare, said the teenager, who was visiting the area with his mother and brother, “loved riding his bike”.
Martin said: “He loved other sports, like the GAA, but he loved racing bikes. It was a whole family affair and, come Thursday nights, they would pack up and head to Scotland, England or Wales. He loved that. He was a kid who always had a smile on his face.”
Martin added: “This is a very hard time for the family, and they have many hard weeks and months ahead of them. No one would wish that on anyone.”
Investigations into the incident by the PSNI and Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council are continuing.