The parents of an 11-year-old boy who was killed when he was struck by a car as he rode his bicycle without a helmet, have appealed for parents to ensure that all children wear a helmet, and that all bicycles are checked.

The parents Maurice Cahill, from Ardpartrick, Co Limerick, were speaking after an inquest into his death which found that he died instantly after he was struck by a car outside his friend's house on 24 June 2009.

He was not wearing a helmet at the time and he was riding a friend’s bicycle which was described as old and not in the best condition.

The inquest heard that he had been playing at his friend’s house when he came out of the house on his bicycle and was hit by an Isuzu jeep.

The young boy died from multiple chest and abdominal injuries consistent with being involved in a road traffic accident, and that the wearing of a helmet would not have saved him from his fatal injuries.

Following the inquest today, his mother Marian Wallis said that while her son was not wearing a helmet (she said no adult should allow a child to cycle a bike without a helmet), all bicycles should be checked and there should be adequate supervision at all times.

Sympathising with the family, Coroner Dr Timothy Casey said the accident reflected the worst nightmare of any parent, and any parent having children over to play.