Driver dangles out car window in shocking stunt
Published 25/03/2014 | 02:30
Gardai are investigating shocking images of a car being driven with both the driver and front-seat passenger dangling out the side windows.
The two young men were laughing as their stunt was apparently photographed by a person travelling in another vehicle alongside.
The driver appears to be steering the black Toyota Starlet car with only his right hand, while his left hand grips the central pillar for support.
He is seated on the driver's window assembly with his body completely out of the vehicle.
His right leg appears to be extended on to the accelerator pedal but his left leg is totally removed from the brake and clutch pedals.
The front-seat passenger is also sitting out the window with his right hand waving to their friends while his left hand grips the front pillar for support.
The incident is believed to have happened in Glanmire, Co Cork, last week and both young men are readily identifiable in the photos.
The incident was revealed in the images posted on a social media site. But within 24 hours of being posted, the images were removed.
The photo was greeted with horror by both gardai and road safety campaigners.
AA Roadwatch official Conor Faughnan said he was "appalled" by the stunt.
"Frankly, I find it hard to believe that in this day and age anyone could engage in this kind of behaviour," he said.
"It is a miracle that no one was killed or seriously injured."
Road Safety Authority officials echoed that concern and said they considered the incident to be "very, very serious".
Mayfield gardai are already aware of the Glanmire incident.
The Irish Independent understands that both young men have been identified from the photo. The vehicle involved is being traced.
Gardai have urged anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them to assist with their inquiries.
Gardai want to clarify if the vehicle was moving at the time or if the shots were staged.