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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Tragic Vanessa is laid to rest after hit-and-run

The tragic toddler who was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Phoenix Park last weekend was laid to rest in a private ceremony in the capital yesterday.

Little Venessa Siatka, who was one month shy of her second birthday, was buried at Glasnevin Cemetery in a small and private ceremony yesterday morning.

The child had earlier been reposed at Cunningham's funeral home in Blanchardstown before being taken to the church at Glasnevin Cemetery ahead of the burial.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, her heartbroken dad Lukasz (32) told the Herald that she "went to the angels" in her mother's arms.

"She was a happy, healthy and smiley little girl. If I had a bad day in work it all disappeared when I walked through the door. She made our troubles disappear," he said.

Venessa was with her mother, Katarzyna, also known as Kasia, when the tragedy happened.

"They had gone to the park with a friend and another child when she was knocked down. I got a phone call and went straight to the hospital. I had been told Venessa was badly hurt and then when I saw Kasia I knew how bad it was."

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He said doctors at Temple Street told them there was no chance Venessa would survive.

"Waiting was the worst thing. Waiting and not being able to do anything," he added. "Then at 1.28am Venessa died in Kasia's arms. She went to the angels."

Earlier this week, the Herald revealed that Cabra man Ciaran Lane (24) was arrested and later released without charge in relation to the incident.

Mr Lane was released from custody in Blanchardstown Garda Station in the early hours of Wednesday morning without charge and a file will now be prepared for the DPP.

On Tuesday gardai renewed their appeal for information.

"Gardai are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen the car involved, a 02 D registration green Toyota Corolla, driving erratically near the Visitors Centre or in the general Phoenix Park area, on Monday afternoon prior to the collision," a garda spokesman said.

The car drove out of the park as witnesses raced to the aid of the little girl.

kfoy@herald.ie

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