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Friday 24 November 2017

Suspect arrested over Conor's hit-and-run death

GARDAI have found the car that they believe struck a 14-year-old Dublin teenager in a fatal hit-and-run.

Officers obtained key evidence against the chief suspect more than seven weeks after Conor Hickey's tragic death.

The man, aged 30, was arrested in Cloverhill Prison last night where he was on remand for burglary.

Investigators put out several major appeals after the incident on December 2 but only made their breakthrough last night.

Sources have revealed that officers have now examined the suspect's car and have obtained a key witness statement.

The 30-year-old from Dunshauglin, Co Meath, was being questioned today at Mountjoy Garda station on suspicion of dangerous driving causing the death of tragic Conor Hickey.



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It is understood that the suspect is also co-operating with the investigation in which CCTV is playing an important role. A file relating to the December 2 incident is now expected to be prepared for the DPP.

Conor's family had "no comment" to make about the arrest when contacted by the Herald today.

Sources say that gardai are now satisfied that a local man that they had previously questioned about the hit-and-run had "absolutely nothing" to do with the incident.

This young man has consistently stated that he was innocent of any involvement.

Conor Hickey was knocked down by a car at the junction of St Eithne Road and Fassaugh Road in Cabra.

After the incident which led to Conor's death, the car drove up Fassaugh Road towards Phibsborough.

It has also emerged that after hitting Conor, the car almost collided with a second vehicle as the driver fled the Cabra area.

Gardai have consistently said that the car involved in the incident was a silver-coloured and medium-sized saloon car.

After being knocked down, Conor was taken to Beaumont Hospital, where he died after his family made the brave decision to turn off the machine keeping him alive and donate his organs to help others.

It is understood that some of Conor's organs went to help two sick children; a seven-year-old and a 16-year-old. One of the children who received an organ is understood to be a cystic fibrosis sufferer.

Conor was a second-year pupil at the local gaelscoil Colaiste Mhuire.

He was the second young GAA player from the area to be killed on the same stretch of road.

In May 2007, his pal 10-year-old Padraig McGillivray died when his bicycle was in collision with a Dublin Bus, also on Fassaugh Road, as he was cycling to hurling training.

Conor had been with Padraig on the day of that incident. He was knocked down 200 yards away from where that accident happened.

kfoy@herald.ie

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