Family of man killed in hit and run plead with driver
THE family of a "wonderful" young man killed in a hit and run just yards from his home have pleaded to the driver of the vehicle to give themselves up.
Keith Byrne was struck by a vehicle was after a night out with his brother yesterday morning.
He suffered major trauma to his head and serious injuries to his leg.
The 35-year-old's body was found by a passer-by at the side of the road in Carnalogue in Louth Village, Co Louth, at around 4.40am.
"He had called one of his brothers minutes before it happened. I don't know if Keith made the call, but he was definitely in phone contact with one of the boys at around 4.30am," his sister Niamh Hoey told the Irish Independent last night.
"It happened minutes after that call, we don't know exactly.
"But he wasn't on the road very long – we think he might have been lying there for about 15 or 20 minutes before he was found.
"Keith lived with our parents and could have seen the house from where it happened."
She recalled how Keith was in "great form" before he left his parent's home at around 9pm on Saturday night.
"I don't think he went to a nightclub afterwards – and I presume he was on his way home at the time.
"He was a diehard Liverpool fan and was so good to his two nieces and three nephews.
"The whole family are just devastated and so shocked by what's happened.
"The family would ask anyone with any information to contact the gardai. We would also like to appeal to the person responsible to do the right thing and hand themselves in."
Gardai in Ardee are appealing for witnesses to contact them at 041-6853222.
Anyone who travelled the road at Carnalogue between 4.15am and 4.45am can also contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800666111 or any garda station.
Separately, a 23-year-old man was killed when the car he was travelling in crashed into a wall.
The single-vehicle crash occurred at around 4am at Croneyhorn in Co Wicklow on the R725 between Shillelagh and Carnew. He was pronounced dead at scene.
A man in his early 20s is due to appear in court in connection with the crash this morning.