'Hit-and-run' probe after car strikes man
Gardai are investigating a "hit-and-run" after a car mounted a footpath and struck a man who was walking with a boy on Saturday night.
The 31-year-old pedestrian was walking at Quarry Road, Thomondgate, Limerick, when he sustained "head injuries" in the incident.
The boy, believed to be 12 years old, was not injured, a senior source said.
The car failed to remain at the scene and was found burnt-out later on, gardai said.
The pedestrian was initially attended to by members of Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue Service, before he was taken from the scene by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick.
"Gardai at Mayorstone Park in Limerick are investigating a hit-and-run traffic collision at Quarry Road, Limerick, at approximately 11.30pm on Saturday, December 21," a garda spokesman said.
"A 31-year-old man was struck by a car which mounted the footpath and failed to remain at the scene. The injured man was taken to University Hospital in Limerick with head injuries.
"The car involved in this incident was later found burnt out. No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing."
In a second unrelated incident on Saturday, a male pedestrian suffered serious internal and external head injuries - which are understood to include a "bleed to the brain" - after he was struck by a taxi at Corbally Roundabout in Limerick, around 1.30am.
A source said it appeared that the man was dragged by the taxi for several feet during the incident.
A taxi which was found at the scene is being forensically examined by gardai.
The driver of the vehicle was not physically injured but was left shaken.
A Garda Forensic Collision Investigator (FCI) travelled from Cork to Limerick to examine the scene.
Gardai are to examine dash-cam footage taken from the taxi, which may prove to be vital in the investigation, the source said.