Teen struck by brother's bike during fatal crash

NewsBy Conor Feehan
Daniel Sheridan
Daniel Sheridan

THE young Dublin teenager who died off a motorbike last week - and whose funeral took place today - was hit by another bike driven by his brother in the incident.

Daniel Sheridan, who was 13 and due to start secondary school, died last Thursday after he fell from his bike in a motocross accident near Limavady, Co Derry.

He was airlifted to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry city but died on Friday surrounded by his distraught family.

Speaking to BBC Radio Foyle his 18-year-old brother Jake told how there was a crash when they were riding motocross bikes.

"There was nothing I could do, it was like a bad dream," he said.

"Me and Daniel were out practising, it was a beautiful day, but we had a crash and he passed away.

"It was really a shock for something like that to happen. There was nothing I could do, it was like a bad dream."

"I know he knows we loved him.

"It's been one of the hardest weekends of my life. We just need to stick together as a family now."

The two brothers were extremely close, and had raced in competitions in England. Daniel was tipped to follow in Jake's footsteps and represent Ireland in the sport.

"I know he would want me to be strong, he was a very strong human being, even though he was very young," Jake told BBC Radio Foyle.

Fellow motocross bikers formed a Guard of Honour at the church gates for his funeral on Monday afternoon, while wearing their brightly-coloured shirts in memory of their friend.

St Anne's church was packed to capacity, with many mourners listening outside in the late summer sunshine in the peaceful surroundings of the Bohernabreena parish in the foothills of Dublin mountains.

Fr Michael Murphy from the Kilnamanagh parish in Tallaght conducted the requiem mass.

Symbols of Daniel's life brought to the altar included a pair of his motocross boots, the number 8 stickers that identified his bike, a jersey and football from his beloved St Jude's club, his phone and the dog lead he used to walk his dog Sheeba with. 

Devastated teenagers arrived at St Kilian's Senior School in Kingswood Heights, Tallaght, on Saturday to remember the boy who they knew as "Dano".

Another brother, Dean, described him as a "little superstar".

"He was a kind and gentle young boy and he wouldn't hurt a fly," he said.

"He loved life and looked up to me and my bro, Jake. His smile was wonderful. I'll truly miss him - my hero, my everything, my world.

"He was something special, such a nice boy, a blessing of a brother."

St Kilian's Junior School principal Orla Higgins also praised Daniel, saying: "He was a quiet, popular and determined boy who was a very talented sportsman. He was a sporting hero and was awarded our annual sports award this year."

Daniel is survived by his parents David and Sharon, brothers Dean and Jake and sister Sarah.

The Sheridan family are highly regarded within the motocross community in Ireland and had been enjoying the last few days of a family holiday in the north-west when the accident happened.

"The whole family was motocross-mad," one friend said. "Daniel was brilliant at all sports, but the family loved motocross."

Motorcycling Ireland Motocross offered its support and thoughts to the Sheridan family on its Facebook page.