Wednesday 26 April 2017

Man killed and three people hurt in separate hit and runs

Tributes paid to Colin Tuite who was killed in Summerhill, Co Meath

The scene of the hit and run accident on the Rathmolyon to Summerhill Road, in Co Meath, where a man in his 20s, and named locally as Colin Tuite, was killed. Photo: Seamus Farrelly
Hit and run victim Colin Tuite

Ian Begley and Luke Byrne

Gardaí have appealed for information following two separate hit and run incidents where one man was killed and a woman was left fighting for her life.

The woman was struck by the luggage door of a coach, in an incident in Dublin city centre.

She was struck at around 3.10pm yesterday on Lincoln Place, in Dublin 2.

Two men were also struck by the luggage door, but their injuries were thought not to be life threatening. The coach involved drove away following the incident.

The injured woman was taken to St James's Hospital, where her condition was described as "critical".

Both men were taken to St Vincent's University Hospital. Gardaí have said they are investigating a definite line of inquiry.

Investigating officers have made an appeal for witnesses, or anyone with any information, to contact Pearse Street garda station on 01 666 9000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Meanwhile, gardaí in Meath are investigating after a man, thought to be in his 20s and named locally as Colin Tuite, was found lying on the side of the Rathmolyon to Summerhill Road at approximately 8.50pm on Thursday.

Colin Tuite
Colin Tuite

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Superintendent Brian Daly of Summerhill Garda Station said a black saloon car had been seen driving "erratically" around the town between 8.30pm to 9pm.

"The young man was walking from his house on the New Road towards the Summerhill direction," he said. "The car, which was driving very erratically, passed the town and turned left [on to the New Road] and struck him about 300 yards away.

"We understand there are a number of people who witnessed this incident and we are currently trying to locate them."

Mr Tuite was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His body was later removed to Our Lady's Hospital in Navan. A pair of shoes and a rucksack were found by the side of the road the next day.

"People who even saw a car speeding around the town on the night of the accident could greatly help us in our search. Any additional details of this tragic incident can be passed onto our confidential line on 1800-666-111 or Trim Garda station," added the Superintendent.

A couple who were family friends of Mr Tuite were seen laying a bouquet of flowers at the scene of the accident yesterday. "He was a very nice young man," said the emotional friend.

"He came back from Korea a few years ago after teaching English to children. It's very sad to see this happen."

One elderly woman, who did not want to be named, described the incident as an "awful thing to happen to someone so young".

"It just doesn't seem fair at all. I don't know who it was, but no-one deserves to have this happen to them," she said.

"Hopefully the person responsible for this will turn himself over to the guards. My heart goes out to his family," she said.

Separately, a man has died following a workplace accident at a distribution centre in Co Kildare. The 53-year-old man suffered catastrophic injuries when he was struck by an articulated truck that was reversing at a distribution centre in Newhall, Naas. The incident took place at approximately 2.30am on Friday morning. Gardaí in Naas confirmed they are investigating the death. A separate investigation is being carried out by the Health and Safety Authority.

Irish Independent

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