Thursday 21 September 2017

Garda plea to driver after death of cyclist

Cyclist and father-of-four Paud O’Leary was killed in a hit-and-run in Co Kerry.
Cyclist and father-of-four Paud O’Leary was killed in a hit-and-run in Co Kerry.
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

GARDAI have appealed to the driver of a vehicle that knocked down and killed a cyclist on Sunday morning to come forward.

Father-of-four Paud O'Leary (42) died in the collision that occurred at Scrahanfadda, Gneeveguilla, in Co Kerry between 8am and 10am.

Mr O'Leary had left his home at Leamyglissane to go for a cycle in training for the 180km Ring of Kerry charity cycle next weekend.

His death has devastated his wife Maggie and the couple's four children, who are being comforted by their extended family.

Gardai are appealing to anyone who was travelling to or from Killarney via Gneeveguilla on Sunday morning to contact them. There has already been a large response from members of the public.

"There's somebody out there who knows who was driving or who noticed a vehicle that's damaged and we're appealing to them to make contact with us," said Inspector Gerry Lacey, who is leading the investigation.

"The chances are that it was someone who probably panicked.''

Anyone with information about the fatality is asked to contact Kanturk garda station at 029-20680, the garda confidential telephone line at 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Irish Independent

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