ROAD racer Darren Keys has died following an incident during the Walderstown Road Races today in County Westmeath, Ireland.
The Ballyclare rider was involved in a crash at approximately 11.30am this morning in the Senior Support race and after initially being treated at the circuit, he was air lifted by helicopter to Mater Hospital in Dublin. But he had succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival.
The event was abandoned as the police forensic collision investigators examined the scene and carried out a full investigation.
A statement from the Fore Motor Cycle Racing Club, organiser of the event, reads:
“On behalf of the Fore Motor Cycle Racing Club we would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Darren Keys, who tragically lost his live following a racing incident at Race of the South Walderstown on Sunday.
“May you rest in peace Darren.”
Irish police issued the following statement:
“Gardaí are investigating the death of a participant during the Walderstown motor cycle road racing event in Co. Westmeath.
“At approximately 11.30am a 34-year-old man from Northern Ireland was seriously injured when his motorcycle was involved in a crash during a race at Walderstown. He was treated at the scene before being airlifted to the Mater Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
“The event has been abandoned and Garda forensic collision investigators are examining the crash site. Enquires are ongoing, the Coroner has been notified and post-mortem examination will we arranged.
“A file will be prepared in accordance with the Coroners Act.”
UK Clubsport wishes to extend its sincere condolences to Darren’s family and friends.
*Image: Derek Wilson