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Monday 18 December 2017

Witness appeal as hit-and-run victims remain seriously ill

Mantas Geringsonas came off his bike
Mantas Geringsonas came off his bike

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to two hit-and-run crashes that have left a motorcyclist and a pedestrian seriously ill in hospital.

Both crashes happened early on Sunday, September 10.

Lithuanian national Mantas Geringsonas (33) was injured when he came off his motorbike near roadworks in St Margaret's Road, Swords.

Gardai believe another ve- hicle that may have been involved in the crash failed to stop.

"Mantas is a safe motor- cyclist. His bike is well maintained and he has the best equipment and clothing," said a friend of Mr Geringsonas.

"He doesn't drink or smoke and is big into fitness, so we're shocked he could end up this way."

Mr Geringsonas has toured Europe extensively by motorbike and is said to be an experienced rider.

Appeal

Supt Gerry Donnelly, of Coolock Garda Station, said: "Witnesses who travelled along this stretch of road between 3am and 4am on Sunday, September 10, should contact Swords Garda Station on 01 6664700, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station."

Meanwhile, gardai in Co Longford are appealing for information about a van that hit Stephen Roche (25) in Edgeworthstown main street at 2.30am on the same day.

The silver Ford Transit, with the partial registration 07 SO, failed to stop.

Mantas Geringsonas
Mantas Geringsonas

Mr Roche, from Abbeylands, Mullingar, suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

He was subsequently transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin where he remains in a critical condition.

Gardai investigating the collision have set up an incident room at Granard Garda Station and are trying to trace the movements of the Ford Transit before and after the collision

Anyone who was in the Edgeworthstown area between 2am and 3am, or anyone with any information about the incident, is asked to contact Granard Garda Station on (043) 6687660.

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