herald

Saturday 19 August 2017

Man killed and three people hurt in separate hit and runs

A pedestrian is fighting for her life after she was struck by the luggage door of a coach in a suspected hit-and-run in Dublin city centre yesterday afternoon.

Two male pedestrians were also injured, although their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The incident took place soon after 3pm in Lincoln Place.

The coach immediately drove away but it is thought the driver may not have known what had happened.

Critical

The injured woman was taken St James's Hospital where her condition is described as "critical".

The men were taken to St Vincent's University Hospital.

Gardai are investigating a definite line of inquiry.

Colin Tuite found on roadside
Colin Tuite found on roadside

Investigating officers have made an appeal for witnesses, or anyone with any information, to contact them at Pearse Street Garda Station on 01 -666 9000.

Meanwhile, a young man killed in a separate hit-and-run accident has been described as a "charismatic and kind individual".

The man, named as Colin Tuite, was in his 20s.

He was found lying on the side of the road between Rathmolyon and Summerhill in Co Meath at 8.50pm on Thursday.

Supt Brian Daly, of Summerhill Garda Station, said a black saloon car was seen driving "erratically" around Summerhill between 8.30pm and 9pm.

"The young man was walking from his house on New Road towards Summerhill," he said.

"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."

Mr Tuite was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His body was later removed to Our Lady's Hospital in Navan.

Emotional

A couple who were family friends of Mr Tuite were seen laying a bouquet at the scene of the accident last night.

"He was a very nice young man," said the emotional pair.

"He came back from Korea a few years ago after teaching English to children. It's very sad to see this happen."

A neighbour also expressed her grief. "I haven't talked to Colin in years, but I went to school with him. He was a very charismatic and kind person."

One elderly woman described the incident as an "awful thing to happen to someone so young."

"It just doesn't seem fair at all. I don't know who it was, but no one deserves to have this happen to them.

"Hopefully the person responsible will turn himself over to the guards. My heart goes out to his family," she said.

Local Cllr Joe Fox said it is a very sad time for the Summer Hill Community.

"I live just up the road from his family.

"It's a terrible loss and I along with everyone in this community, am very upset.

"I didn't hear the accident take place and I don't know much more details than what is already being reported.

Supt Brian Daly asked for anyone in the area with information regarding the incident to call 1800-666-111 or Trim Garda Station.

Promoted articles

Entertainment News