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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Elderly couple rushed to hospital after hit and run

An elderly couple were left hospitalised after a hit and run incident in the capital.

The crash happened at approximately 6.30pm on Tuesday evening.

Witnesses described seeing a black hatchback vehicle driving at excessive speed along the Ballyowen Road towards the N4 bypass in Lucan.

The driver was dangerously undertaking other cars on the 50kmh stretch of road.

Speed

As the hatchback approached the junction adjacent to the Penny Hill pub he continued to speed up despite having a red light.

A grey saloon vehicle being driven by an elderly couple, believed to be in their late 60s, was crossing the junction when the hatchback careered at speed into the couple's vehicle.

The impact of the collision sent the couple's car crashing into a set of traffic lights, while the black hatchback skidded several metres along the road before coming to standstill.

Witnesses described a male bolting from the hatchback car and scaling a fence into the Forster estate, before escaping.

A passer-by rushed to the aid the injured couple, and performed spinal management until paramedics arrived at the scene and transferred the pair to hospital.

In a separate incident a man led gardai on a high-speed chase after he failed to stop at a checkpoint on the Newcastle Road at around 9pm on Tuesday night.

The male driver took officers on a high-speed pursuit through the Ronanstown area before eventually being apprehended on the N4 dual carriageway near the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.

A source told the Herald: "This lad wasn't the smartest. He attempted to ditch the vehicle but forgot to pull up the handbrake. As he got out of the car it began to roll backwards forcing him to trip up as he tried to escape".

Officers apprehended the man and brought him to Ronanstown garda station.

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