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Saturday 14 December 2019

'Go back home', shouts driver before ramming dad outside city school

The car mounted the pavement and struck Sam
The car mounted the pavement and struck Sam

An Indian father who had just dropped his children off at school has told of the horror he felt when a driver allegedly shouted "go back home" before mounting the pavement and ramming into him.

The dad, who asked that only his first name be used, said he was talking to six other Indian parents outside a school in Finglas, Dublin, about 9.40am on Monday when a car drove by and two men shouted at them from the window.

"We were just waiting in front of school after dropping the kids off and we were all chatting," Sam told the Herald.

"Suddenly a car passed by and the driver and his front passenger, two men, started abusing us.

Painkillers

"I was on the footpath outside school and we were just talking. It happened all of a sudden, I didn't think he'd just ram into me.

"He came on to the pavement. We didn't think he'd do anything, we thought he was just trying to scare us but I fell right on the car on my back and he just drove off with me on the bonnet.

"It happened so quickly. I rolled off the car because of the speed.

"And I could see the back tyres passing by my side. I was afraid the car would go on top of me.

"I injured my lower knee, my hip and shoulder, and my back is in pain. I was lucky not to have broken anything.

"I have ligament damage but the hospital gave me painkillers and sent me home.

"But the psychological impact has been worse. Last night I couldn't sleep, I could see a car coming at me in my dreams, hitting me again.

"I'm worried for my family. I'm really shocked by it. I'm still in pain and I'm scared."

Gardai are investigating the incident, which was captured on dash cam footage, and have seized a car. No arrests have been made.

Sam said he is worried for his children.

"People in Ireland, Dublin, have always been friendly. But now I'm worried for my future, for my children, for my community. People like this shouldn't be able to mix with the rest of the community," he added.

Finglas Fine Gael TD Noel Rock said the incident was "alarming".

"Regardless of the motivation, which itself is concerning, anyone attacking a pedestrian like this while driving a vehicle could have caused serious injury or endangerment to life," he said.

"We need to make sure whoever is responsible for this is brought to justice."

A garda spokesman said: "Gardai are investigating an assault incident involving a car that occurred on November 18 at approximately 9.40am in the School Road area of Finglas.

"It is reported that a car struck a man in his 40s and carried him for a short distance.

"The man was taken to the Mater Hospital with minor injuries. The vehicle involved has been seized for a technical examination. Gardai are currently examining CCTV and investigations are ongoing."

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