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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Gardai renew appeal for witnesses to fatal hit-and-run

Victim Colin Tuite (27)
Victim Colin Tuite (27)

Gardai have renewed their public appeal for information surrounding a fatal hit-and-run in Co Meath last week.

Colin Tuite (27), from Summerhill in Co Meath, died after he was struck by a vehicle on Thursday, February 16.

The collision was on the Rathmoylon to Summerhill road at around 8.50pm.

Gardai say they are continuing their search for a black saloon car seen driving "erratically" in the area on the night in question.

They are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Last week, Superintendent Brian Daly of Summerhill Garda Station said a number of people may have witnessed the incident.

"The young man was walking from his house on the New Road towards the Summerhill direction," said Supt Daly.

"The car, which was driving very erratically, passed the town and turned left [on to the New Road] and struck him about 300 yards away.

Tributes

"We understand there are a number of people who witnessed this incident and we are currently trying to locate them."

Mr Tuite was pronounced dead at the scene. His funeral was due to take place this morning at his local Lady of Lourdes Church in Dangan.

Tributes have continued to pour in for Mr Tuite since his death almost a week ago.

He is survived by his parents Noel and Anne, brother Thomas, sisters Lorraine and Yvonne, grandmother Mary Glennon, and their family and many friends.

Local Fine Gael councillor Joe Fox said the community was "stunned" following Mr Tuite's death.

"They are a lovely family. It is a terrible tragedy. The whole community is stunned," he said.

Gardai in Trim are investigating and they can be contacted on 046-9481540, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or at any garda station.

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