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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Face of toddler (2) who lost her fight for life after being struck in hit and run

The scene in the Phoenix Park, inset, Venessa Siatka (22 months)
The scene in the Phoenix Park, inset, Venessa Siatka (22 months)
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park
Venessa Siatka (22 months).
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car. The youngster later died
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car. The youngster later died
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car. The youngster later died
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car. The youngster later died
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car. The youngster later died

A TWO-year-old girl has lost her fight for life overnight after she was struck in a horrific hit-and-run incident in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

Venessa Siatka (22 months) was rushed by ambulance to Temple Street Hospital.

Tragically, she lost her fight for life overnight.

Gardai have arrested one man and have appealed for information following the incident, which occurred at around 6.25pm yesterday.

The park was packed with families with young children enjoying the bank holiday sunshine when the incident occurred on the North Road.

Gardai and the emergency services rushed to the scene after the alarm was raised.

Local Fianna Fail councillor Jack Chambers said the "thoughts and prayers of all the community" were with the family.

"It's shocking that this could happen," he said.

Gardai confirmed the car involved in the collision failed to the stop at the scene.

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The road was closed and the area was immediately sealed off for a technical examination.

A short time later a 24-year-old Dublin man was arrested in connection with the incident.

He was last night being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Cabra Garda Station.

Investigations are continuing and gardai have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

It was the second time the emergency services were called to an incident in the Phoenix Park yesterday.

Members of the Air Corps were involved in a medical evacuation which saw a helicopter, which was transporting a patient, touch down on a Gaelic football pitch in the middle of the park.

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Dozens of onlookers watched as the operation was carried out at around 2.30pm.

Elsewhere, a 60-year-old man died in a single-vehicle collision yesterday morning near Bandon in Co Cork.

The man was the sole occupant of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

hnews@herald.ie

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