A YOUNG man fighting for his life after a road crash had only just returned to the country to spend Christmas with his family.
A Lithuanian man has been charged in connection with the incident, which happened in the early hours of Sunday morning in Galway.
The injured man (21) was out walking when the incident happened at 1.40am on Sunday.
His family live in Barna, 8km west of Galway city, and he had returned home for the holidays from England.
He was rushed to University College Hospital, where his condition was described as "serious".
Marius Strelciunas, with an address at Manor Court, Knocknacarra, Galway, has been charged with dangerous driving.
The court was told that Mr Strelciunas, a father of two children who live in Lithuania, had resided at a number of addresses since moving to Ireland nine years ago.
He was remanded in custody with consent to bail, which was set at €500 and independent bond of €6,000.
A mother and her young child had a lucky escape when their car spun around and crashed through a fence off a busy motorway.
As emergency crews from two counties were scrambled to deal with the incident, a second collision involving four vehicles occurred on the opposite side of the motorway at the exact same location.
The first collision was reported soon after 4pm on Christmas Eve at Cloneen, about a kilometre north of the Crusheen interchange on the M18 motorway in Co Clare.
A man in the car managed to escape but a woman and infant were left trapped inside the vehicle.
Fire crews used specialist cutting equipment to free the injured mother and child from the overturned car. They were taken to Ennis General Hospital for minor injuries.
One rescue worker said: "The only thing that saved them was that the car left the road backwards. If the car had driven straight through the fence, the timber would have come through the windshield."
No one involved in the second collision was seriously injured but one pregnant woman was taken to the Regional Maternity Hospital in Limerick as a precaution.
Meanwhile, a teenage boy was in a critical condition after being rushed to hospital with suspected head injuries after crashing a scrambler motorbike.
Paramedics were called to the scene of several accidents involving scrambler bikes in the Tallaght and Ballymun areas of Dublin on Christmas Day.
A 17-year-old was taken to Tallaght Hospital after he crashed into a tree in a park off the Kingswood Heights estate in Tallaght at around 10am yesterday. He was taken to Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Tallaght with suspected spinal and head injuries. His condition is described as critical.