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Friday 15 December 2017

'They're going to shoot me', tragic dad told resident

Daniel Morris
Daniel Morris

The Dublin dad who died after crashing his car into railings and fleeing thinking he was being chased by gunmen will be buried on Friday by his heartbroken family.

Father-of-two Daniel Morris (35) died on Sunday night after banging on doors in Greenhills in a panic, saying men were after him with guns.

He drove his Volvo on to open space near Limekiln Avenue, Greenhills, before ramming it into a pedestrian gate shortly after 9pm on Friday.

He ran from the car with a suspected head injury sustained in the crash. Residents of nearby Temple Manor Drive told how Mr Morris then hammered on people's doors distressed.

He later collapsed in one house, gripping his chest.

Gardai and the emergency services were called and paramedics fought to save his life.

Parents

He was pronounced dead at Tallaght Hospital after being taken there by ambulance.

A funeral notice posted on RIP.ie says Daniel (Pie) Morris is survived by his parents Mary and Danny, and his fiancee, Claire (Ritchie). He had two sons, Daniel and Brandon.

After being let into one house, Mr Morris told the occupants he feared he would never see his children again.

"He was very distressed saying 'I'll never see my kids again' and 'they're going to shoot me'," said a resident.

"There didn't appear to be anyone after him. Then he ran out the door. We would have preferred if he stayed. He was very anxious."

Mr Morris next ran to a house where Davina Byrne answered. "I let him in. He was terrorised. I feel for his family," she told the Herald. "He was shouting 'let me in' and 'someone's after me, they have guns'. Then he collapsed in the hall and was clutching at his heart."

A post-mortem, including toxicology tests, has been carried out. Gardai appealed for witnesses to the crash.

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