Paul Ingram and Brian McFarlane Death, Obituary – Because of the severity of their wounds, two English friends who were riding motorcycles together when they were killed in a collision on the M50 in Dublin this summer had to be formally identified by DNA samples before their bodies could be released to their families. At a preliminary hearing of the inquests into the deaths of Paul Ingram and Brian McFarlane in Dublin District Coroner’s Court, it was heard that forensic scientists needed to match the DNA samples with relatives of the victims in order to confirm their identity. This was done in order to establish that the victims were Paul Ingram and Brian McFarlane.
On June 3 of this year, two motorcyclists were killed when their Harley Davidson motorcycles collided with each other on the M50. The accident occurred in Ireland. It is believed that the two men lost their lives instantly after being struck by a truck that was traveling directly behind them. Mr. Ingram (59) and Mr. McFarlane (63) had been on a motorcycling holiday around Ireland by touring and camping along the Wild Atlantic Way. Mr. Ingram is from Moulton, Northamptonshire, and Mr. McFarlane is from Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire. Gillian Lavelle of Forensic Science Ireland came to the conclusion in a statement that based on a DNA sample taken from Sally Ann Monger, who is Mr. Ingram’s sister, it indicated that they were 61 times more likely to be related than to be unrelated. According to Dr. Lavelle, this provided “modest support” for the hypothesis that they were related to one another.
According to the forensic scientist, an analysis of a DNA sample taken from Mr. McFarlane’s son, Brian, suggested that he was 400,000 times more likely to be a child of the victim than to be unrelated to him. The sample was taken from Mr. McFarlane. To give gardai more time to finish their investigation into the deaths of the two men, Detective Inspector Donncha Maguire submitted a request for an adjournment of the inquest under Section 25 of the Coroners Act. The application was approved by the coroner, Clare Keane, who also postponed the hearing until June 6, 2023 for mention of the matter.
Dr. Keane stated that the findings of the post-mortem examinations indicated that both men had died as a result of brain and multiple organ injuries. After horrifying video footage of the accident scene was uploaded to social media just minutes after the fatal incident, the Garda had no choice but to issue an appeal to the general public, pleading with them not to share any images of the aftermath of the collision that occurred in June of last year. One of Mr. Ingram’s relatives mentioned that she had seen the images on the internet before she realized that it was a member of her own family.
The members of the Irish motorcycling community paid their respects to the two people who were killed by organizing a guard of honor during the cremation service for Mr. McFarlane in Dublin and providing an escort for Mr. Ingram’s coffin as it was transported from Dublin Airport to his family in England. Mr. Ingram was one of the people who was killed in the accident.