Father and daughter (23) escape death in horrific hit-and-run incident
A father and daughter escaped death when they were mown down by a 4x4 vehicle on a narrow country lane.
Brendan Lennon (59) and his daughter Cadi (23) were nearing their home in rural Co Carlow on Saturday when they were knocked down at 8.20pm.
Mr Lennon was seriously injured while his daughter sustained minor injuries.
The vehicle drove off after the incident and gardai are appealing for the driver to come forward.
Mr Lennon, who is recovering from cancer treatment, lives with his family in the Rutland Townland outside Carlow town, where roads have dangerous bends and no footpaths.
"Cars come around those bends very quickly," said Bertie Hancock, a neighbour. "You could be swept away.
"Brendan is a lovely man. It's an awful thing that happened."
Gardai have appealed for anyone with information about the incident in the Urglin/Rutland area to come forward.
Mr Lennon suffered bone fractures while Cadi suffered bruising and soft tissue damage.
Both were taken by ambulance to St Luke's General Hospital in Kilkenny.
"I heard the ambulance up there all right and wondered what was going on," said Mr Hancock.
"Then word started to spread about what happened."
Another neighbour said it was sad that a family was spending time in hospital on Father's Day.
"It's awful," said a local woman. "I hope they catch whoever did it."
Neighbours said Mr Lennon had worked for the HSE in a local hospital but retired when his health deteriorated.
His wife works as a special needs assistant in a local school.
Cadi Lennon is studying at the Institute of Technology in Carlow.
The family are well respected in the area. Locals said they were shocked that a driver could leave the scene of a crash.
"It happened in broad daylight. God knows how long it would have been before they were found if they were badly hurt," said one local woman.
Locals called for speed limits on the roads in the area, as well as better signage, to indicate bends in the road.
"Some people travel very fast on the roads and it's not very safe if you are walking," said Mr Hancock.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses of the incident or the driver of the 4x4 to contact Carlow Garda Station at 059-9136620 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.