Assault probe follows tragic crash
Published 06/02/2010 | 05:00
GARDAI are investigating reports that a student who died after being struck by two cars may have been assaulted earlier in the evening.
Adam Buggy (22), from Tralee, Co Kerry, died when he was accidentally knocked down by one vehicle and then run over by a second car on the South Link Road in Cork at around midnight on Thursday.
Mr Buggy -- who was in the third year of his BA degree course at UCC -- had apparently left a college-related function in a nearby hotel a short time earlier.
The Irish Independent understands that gardai are now concerned about the circumstances in which the young man left the event. The incident is being treated as a tragic accident, but officers warned that they had ruled nothing out of their investigation at this stage.
Detectives are now trying to clarify conflicting reports that the young man may have been the victim of an incident earlier in the evening and that he was upset leaving the function.
Gardai are studying CCTV footage from premises along the Rochestown Road and South Link Road to determine whether the young man was alone in the minutes before the tragic collision -- or whether he was being followed or even chased.
Officers declined to comment on reports the young man was so upset over the earlier incident that he had alerted a family member in Kerry.
Gardai yesterday shut down the South Link Road at the Bloomfield interchange for five hours so accident investigators could examine the scene of the tragedy.
The two vehicles involved were taken to a garda yard for a full examination.
Gardai have spoken to the drivers of both vehicles about the collision. Both were uninjured but are said to be traumatised.
A post-mortem examination was scheduled to be carried out last night at Cork University Hospital by Assistant State Pathologist Margaret Bolster.
Staff and friends of the popular student at UCC yesterday expressed shock at the tragedy.
UCC vice president Con O'Brien said the college was devastated by what had happened.
"We are saddened to learn of the death of one of our students, Adam Buggy, who was in the third year of a BA degree, who died in tragic circumstances in the early hours of the morning," he said.
"Our thoughts and sympathies are with his parents and family at this difficult time," he added.