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Sunday 11 December 2016

Woman hospitalised after being rammed in hit-and-run crash

The scene of the collision between two cars in Ballyfermot
The scene of the collision between two cars in Ballyfermot

These are the images of a horrific hit-and-run which left a woman hospitalised after a head-on collision in the capital.

Gardai are investigating the incident and attempting to locate the occupant of a vehicle that ploughed into another car on Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot, over the weekend.

The incident happened at approximately 8.30pm on Sunday in the west Dublin area.

It is understood that a car had been travelling at speed on the road when it smashed into a vehicle being driven by a female, before colliding into a parked car.

However, despite the obvious damage caused, the driver fled the scene before gardai arrived.

A woman was taken to hospital by ambulance following the horrific smash, but her injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

It is not yet known if the car in which the other driver fled the scene was stolen.

Local councillor Daithi Doolan has claimed it is the second hit-and-run incident in the west Dublin area in just four days.

A man was injured following a hit-and-run, which Mr Doolan said occurred in the Cherry Orchard area on Wednesday night.

Angry

He has called for more gardai to be put on the streets to prevent such incidents from happening.

"The people of Ballyfermot are now angry and afraid, and they don't want to see the situation spiral out of control.

"We need to see more gardai on the streets. This would be less likely to happen if there was a more visible garda presence," the Sinn Fein councillor said.

"We also need local people to report what they know to gardai, and to help them catch these people.

"I will be bringing this matter up at our Joint Policing Committee meeting," he added.

Supt Brendan Connolly, of Ballyfermot Garda Station, previously said that a significant policing operation in the area has helped bring crime statistics down.

"We have serious issues - gardai being attacked, patrol cars being stoned and general lawlessness and drunkenness - so we put a very significant policing operation in place which we have now extended throughout Ballyfermot," he told a council joint policing committee last week.

"This has led to a reduction in the crime stats. We certainly won't be resting on our laurels on this, we know it can easily go the other way and the operations will be continuing," Supt Connolly added.

Meanwhile, a 72-year-old driver has died following a two car collision in Lifford, Co Donegal on August 30 last.

The pensioner died at University Hospital Letterkenny last Friday.

The two-car collision occurred on the Lifford to Letterkenny Road just outside Lifford at about 3.15pm.

Passengers

The victim was the sole occupant of one car and was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital. The other car was driven by a male in his early 30s who was uninjured.

Two other passengers (both children under seven years of age) were also unhurt in the collision.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have been on the road between 3pm and 3.15pm to contact them in Letterkenny on 074 9167100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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