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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Man held over 'hit-and-run' that left Cal for dead on side of the road

Mr Grimes was seriously hurt
Mr Grimes was seriously hurt

A man has been arrested and was being questioned last night by gardai investigating a suspected hit-and-run that left a man for dead on the roadside in north Co Dublin.

The incident occurred in the early hours of December 27, 2016, on the R128 Skerries to Loughshinny road.

Callum 'Cal' Grimes (27) was found unconscious on the side of the road in Loughshinny by a passer-by at about 8.30am that morning, but it is suspected that he was knocked down hours before.

A bread delivery driver found him lying on the road as he was making deliveries and a local nurse helped give Mr Grimes first aid before emergency services arrived.

Mr Grimes sustained major injuries in the incident and local sources say he remains in a serious condition.

Incident

Investigating gardai previously appealed for the driver of a blue Volkswagen Transporter van, who may have information relating to this incident, to contact them.

Gardai also appealed for anyone who may have seen this van in the vicinity of Skerries in the early hours of December 27 to contact them.

They arrested a man in his 30s yesterday morning and took him to Balbriggan Garda Station for questioning.

He can be held for 24 hours before being charged or released.

Mr Grimes had been out socialising at a bar in Skerries about 5km away as part of busy St Stephen's Day festivities.

It is believed he was unable to get a taxi and started walking home along the narrow road.

Some broken glass and plastic from a car was also found at the scene, leading to initial speculation that the victim may have been hit by a car that failed to stop at the scene.

It was not clear at the time how long he had been lying on the road after the incident.

Bang

A local resident reported hearing a bang from the direction of the road outside her home sometime between 1am and 2am, but gardai could not confirm if the noise was related to his injuries.

A pile of blankets and clothing could be seen at the roadside, where Mr Grimes was found.

People living in the immediate vicinity said they had not been aware of the incident until the next morning.

"I heard a bang outside sometime between 1am and 2am, and then my husband saw the fire brigade outside at around 8.30am, and now I wonder if the two things are connected," said one local woman.

Meanwhile, Joe Byrne - the grandfather of Dancing With The Stars professional Karen Byrne - remains in a serious condition in hospital after being struck by a vehicle at around midnight on Sunday, in Ballyfermot.

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