Horror as teenager in shopping centre's pedestrian area is struck by speeding car
Terrified shoppers watched in horror as a car was driven into a pedestrian area and knocked down a 15-year-old boy in Dublin yesterday.
The car hit the teenager after being driven at high speed through an area reserved for pedestrians at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.
The boy lay motionless on the ground as the driver stopped the black BMW 5 Series, turned it around and drove back out through the pedestrian area, which is cordoned off by bollards on both sides.
Women in nearby restaurants screamed as the car sped past within inches of the windows.
Another youth, who had been walking with the victim, suffered a grazed leg.
Emergency services personnel treated the boy as he lay on the ground, placing his neck in a brace and covering him with a blanket before taking him away in an ambulance.
It is understood he suffered a broken leg in the incident, and was taken to Temple Street Children's Hospital.
One witness said it appeared the driver of the car deliberately targeted the youth.
The car was driven at speed for more than 40 metres in the pedestrians-only area before striking the boy.
The incident happened shortly before 5pm after a brawl involving two groups of young people.
Gardai said they are searching for the car and the driver, who left the scene immediately.
A hunt was under way last night for the suspect, who is believed to be from the Tallaght region.