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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Gardai seek blue BMW after hit-and-run death

Published 25/04/2014 | 02:30

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Gardai at the scene of the hit-and-run in Loughrea, Galway, where cyclist John White (inset) later died from his injuries.
Gardai at the scene of the hit-and-run in Loughrea, Galway, where cyclist John White (inset) later died from his injuries.
Gardai at the scene of the hit-and-run in Loughrea, Galway, where cyclist John White later died from his injuries.
Hit-and-run victim John White

GARDAI appealing for witnesses to a hit-and-run believe a blue BMW car suspected of striking the cyclist will have sustained damage.

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John White (67) from Laurence's Field in Loughrea, Co Galway, was critically injured when his bike was struck by a car in the town at 8.30pm on Wednesday night.

The car, a blue BMW with a partial registration of 01 G, failed to stop at the scene. Mr White was rushed to University Hospital Galway where he passed away shortly before 2am yesterday. A post-mortem examination was carried out by the State Pathologist Marie Cassidy yesterday.

Gardai have now launched a widescale search for the car and the driver who fled the scene. They believe the car will have visible damage to the bonnet and front and also has a defective right rear light.

The hit-and-run occurred close to pedestrian lights on the Gort Road in the town and the driver drove off in the direction of Gort.

SHOCK

Locals told of their shock at the tragic death of Mr White, who was a very popular member of the community.

Mr White, who lived alone in the town, spent much of his time entertaining residents at the local nursing home and assisting the local Loughrea Comhaltas music group. Local Fine Gael councillor Michael Mogie Maher had been speaking with Mr White shortly before the accident.

"He was in great form and full of banter about the elections. It's a terrible shock for the entire community. Everyone would have known John, he was constantly on his bike going to the shops or Mass or just cycling around the town; he was almost attached to it," he said.

Mr Maher also urged the driver of the car to hand themselves in to gardai.

"People here are in shock. I would appeal for the driver to do the right thing and go to gardai.

"Whatever happened we are just hoping the person involved will hand themselves into gardai and bring some closure to the family," he added.

Gardai are appealing for anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to contact them on 091-842870 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Irish Independent

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