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Monday 18 December 2017

Gardai hunt hit-and-run killer of tragic Kelly (20)

GARDAI today stepped up a man hunt for the hit-and-run driver who mowed down and killed student Kelly Gregan.

Kelly (20) was coming out of a nightclub early yesterday morning when she and best friend Gillian Fitzgerald, also aged 20, were ploughed into on the main street of Gorey, Co Wexford.

Both were rushed to Wexford General Hospital, where Kelly died a short time later. Gillian's injuries were described as not life-threatening but she remains in care.

It is understood the vehicle may have crashed through a red light at a pedestrian crossing.

A car was discovered burnt out later yesterday morning in the Kilnahue Lane area of Gorey.

Detectives investigating the incident outside the O2 nightclub are following a definite line of inquiry.

It is believed they made contact with the mother of a young man after viewing CCTV footage of the tragedy.

They expect to question a young man soon, it is understood. The driver is thought to be from the area.

Initial reports that the car in question was being pursued by a garda patrol vehicle at the time of the incident have since been discounted.

Kelly's dad Richard died from cancer just two years ago and she is survived by her grief-stricken mother Pauline and sisters Kirsty (18) and Lauren (12).



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Dozens of revellers leaving the nightclub around 2.30am on Sunday witnessed the horrific collision.

The two friends were left lying on the street, with their belongings scattered on the ground.

Kelly, a student at Limerick's College of Art and design, was from the Castletown area.

Gardai had received reports of a vehicle being driven erratically in Gorey town not long before the incident.

Officers said a garda car which was about 500 yards from the suspect vehicle at the time was not in pursuit.

An investigation by the Garda Ombudsman office has been withdrawn, gardai said.

Kelly was described as a popular, fun-loving woman who had many friends.

Friend Shauna McGrath described the 20-year-old as an "amazing person" who would be "missed forever".

Detectives were examining CCTV from a number of business premises in Gorey as they pieced together the movements of the car leading up to the tragedy.

Main Street in Gorey was closed yesterday for a full technical and forensic examination.

A number of reports stated an attempt had been made to stop a similar car at a garda checkpoint eight kilometres from Gorey, but the driver did not come to a halt.

Witnesses can contact gardai in Gorey on 053 9430690, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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