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new measures Wife of scrambler victim says new safety scheme is a 'victory for Ireland'

Ilabek Avetian (41) lost an eye and suffered a severe brain injury in 2018 after a scrambler bike landed on the couple while they sunbathed in Darndale Park, Coolock.

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Ilabek Avetian and Anzhela Kotsinian in Beaumont Hospital

Ilabek Avetian and Anzhela Kotsinian in Beaumont Hospital

Ilabek Avetian and Anzhela Kotsinian in Beaumont Hospital

A new initiative to deter young people from scrambler bikes has been labelled a “victory for Ireland” by a woman whose husband received devastating injuries.

Ilabek Avetian (41) lost an eye and suffered a severe brain injury in 2018 after a scrambler bike landed on the couple while they sunbathed in Darndale Park, Coolock.

His wife Anzhela Kotsinian (46) said the new proposed legislation to make the bikes illegal in public spaces was very welcome.

“I’m very happy to hear about this, along with the legislation,” Anzhela said. “It’s a victory for all the Irish people.

“Now, I hope each person will be sure of their safety in a public park. I think that’s great. A lot of things will change to make life better for people in communities.”

Anzhela recently welcomed new measures to make it an offence to drive scramblers or quads in parks, green spaces, on beaches or wasteland.

And Justice Minister Helen McEntee and Minister of State James Browne have announced a community initiative to deter young people from scramblers.

Financial assistance will be provided to projects in local communities most affected.

Local schemes will create opportunities for training in vehicle handling, repair and maintenance and there will be second-chance education opportunities.

Anzhela said parents “will think more seriously about buying scramblers as presents for young people. And the community initiatives will help young people to have other interests.

“I hope this initiative, with the legislation, will help young people to know they must respect others.”

Ilabek, who moved to Dublin with Anzhela to start a new life shortly before the tragic incident, will need lifelong care.

The former roofer is currently living in a nursing home while former teacher, Anzhela, who had been living in north Dublin, returned to her home of Russia in August, for medical treatment.

Anzhela said she misses her husband and hopes to return to Ireland soon.

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Her life has been forever changed.

“Every day I still think about it, how can I forget?” she said. “Sometimes I’m surprised by how strong I am, how I can live and battle like this for life.

“From 2018, I battled for Ilabek’s life and everyday I prayed for his health.

"But then from last year, I had to fight for my own life after a breast cancer diagnosis.

“I want to be positive, to show others that everything can be overcome and no one should give up hope.

Everyone should believe things can get better.”


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