VIDEO: Oliver family left ‘totally broken’ after death of rising star Jack, 22, in Kells Road Races tragedy

The Kells Road Races in County Meath were overshadowed by the death of Limavady rider Jack Oliver, whose anguished father described the tragedy as “completely broken.”

The 22-year-old was killed in a crash at the Crossakiel circuit during a Supersport event, where he was competing for the first time.

After all meetings were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 owing to coronavirus limitations, Kells was the first Irish national road race in almost three years.

The remainder of the meeting was canceled after the terrible occurrence.

The young Northern Ireland rider, a developing road racing star, won his maiden race in the Senior Support class at the Cookstown 100 in April.

He placed second in the Junior Support race yesterday and tenth in the Senior Support race.

“I’m absolutely broken,” his father Tommy wrote on social media. This is too much for me to handle. Son, you will always be in my heart and I will adore you forever.”

 

“As some may have heard, our wee rocket has gained his angel wings doing what he loved at Kells Road Races,” he said in a Facebook tribute.

“I’m sure that enormous grin was all over the place. I’m at a loss for words. “Fly high, dear brother, and know that I shall always adore you.”

According to a Garda statement, the deadly accident happened around 1.30 p.m.

“Garda and emergency services were called to the scene of a single car collision at a closed racing circuit in Crossakiel, Co. Meath, this afternoon, Sunday, June 17th 2022,” it said.

“A motorcyclist was involved in the crash, which happened around 1:30 p.m.”

“At the scene, the biker, a man in his early twenties, was pronounced dead. His remains have been taken to Navan Hospital.”

This is the latest setback for road racing, following the death of seasoned rider Davy Morgan in an incident at the Isle of Man TT.

On the third and last lap of the Mountain segment of the course, the 52-year-old from Saintfield crashed out of the first Supersport race.

His body landed in Northern Ireland yesterday, escorted by a big group of motorcycles to his hometown.

The funeral for the former North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix champion will be conducted at Saintfield Presbyterian Church tomorrow. The exact timing has yet to be determined.

At the TT, a total of five competitors were killed, the highest number of fatalities since 1989.

Roger and Bradley Stockton, a father-and-son Sidecar combo from Cheshire, French Sidecar driver César Chanal, and Welshman Mark Purslow were among those killed.

The promoters of the TT Races, ACU Events Ltd, have initiated an investigation into each of the accidents.

“After every event, we work relentlessly to investigate the circumstances, determine critical learning, and implement adjustments as quickly as possible,” stated TT Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson. A tragedy is any death that occurs during an event.

“As an organization, we pledge to take any steps necessary to improve safety and to do so as soon as possible.”

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