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Saturday 10 December 2016

Gardai hunt hit and run driver after man killed on dual carriageway

Gardai at the scene of a road traffic collision on the Naas Road in which a man in his 20's was fatally injured when he was struck by a car. Photo: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency.
Gardai at the scene of a road traffic collision on the Naas Road in which a man in his 20's was fatally injured when he was struck by a car. Photo: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency.

A man in his 20s has been killed in a hit-and-run on the Naas dual carriageway.

The victim was hit by a car on the inbound lane of the busy road at Newlands Cross in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Gardai say the man was found on the road by another motorist, and the vehicle that had hit him had failed to stop at the scene. It was not immediately clear why the man was crossing the road at that spot.

The road was closed pending a forensic examination of the scene by gardai.

The man’s body remained at the scene overnight, covered by black plastic sheeting, until yesterday morning.

Gardai in Clondalkin are following a definite line of inquiry in relation to the fatal collision. It is believed CCTV may play a vital role in the investigation. They are also appealing for witnesses.

In particular, they want to talk to anyone who was travelling either into the city or towards Naas on the dual carriageway, between Newlands Cross and the M50 slip road, between 3am and 4.30am on Sunday, and who may have noticed a man on or near the roadway.

Collapsed

Witnesses to the incident, or anyone in a position to assist with the investigation, are asked to contact the gardai at Clondalkin on (01) 6667600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

Meanwhile, gardai in Pearse Street are investigating the death of a man who collapsed on Westland Row near Pearse Street Dart Station at around 7.30am yesterday.

The man was in his late 30s and wearing an orange jacket. He had been walking up Westland Row towards Lincoln Place when he lost consciousness.

A passing motorist stopped and began first aid and CPR until an ambulance arrived. The man was brought to St James’s Hospital, but was later pronounced dead. A post-mortem is due to be conducted on his body today to establish the cause of death, however foul play was not initially suspected. There were a number of people on the street at that time and gardai are seeking their assistance in relation to the incident.

Gardai in Pearse Street are asking anybody who may have been on Westland Row between 7.25am and 7.45am yesterday and saw this man, or who can assist with the investigation, to contact them on (01) 6669000.

Killed

Separately, two people in their 60s were killed in separate crashes in Kilkenny and Cork over the weekend.

A 61-year-old woman was killed when the car she was driving collided with another car at Carrigunura, Slieverua, on the New Ross to Waterford road, at 7.45pm on Saturday.

Elsewhere, a 63-year-old pedestrian died after he was struck by a jeep in the village of Durrus, West Cork, at 1.55am on Saturday.

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