Wednesday 18 October 2017

Driver of white van burned out near fatal hit and run 'cooperating with investigation'

Jogger Karl Robertson died after he was struck by vehicle on Wednesday night

Karl Robertson (left) and right Gerard Donnelly
Karl Robertson (left) and right Gerard Donnelly
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The driver of a white van found on fire near the scene of a fatal hit and run in North Dublin has been interviewed by gardaí.

Karl Robertson (28), from Castlekevin Road in Artane, was jogging when he was knocked down on Hazelwood Drive, not far from his home, at 9.45pm on Wednesday. He died in hospital on Thursday night.

Garda Supt Gerard Donnolly from Coolock Garda Station pictured making an appeal for witness and information at the scene of a fatal hit and run on Hazelwood Drive, Kilmore, Coolock. Picture: Frank Mc Grath
Garda Supt Gerard Donnolly from Coolock Garda Station pictured making an appeal for witness and information at the scene of a fatal hit and run on Hazelwood Drive, Kilmore, Coolock. Picture: Frank Mc Grath

A white Renault Megane van was discovered on fire a short time after the accident at Beechlawn Grove, close to Parnells GAA Club.

At a press conference in Coolock this afternoon Superintendent Gerard Donnelly said they were appealing for the public’s assistance.

"A young man, Karl Robertson, was out jogging and was hit by a white Renault Megane van type car at Hazelwood Drive.”

“That van failed to remain at the scene and left. Karl sadly died as a result of his injuries last night. At the same time last night a 30 year old man presented himself at Coolock garda station and has assisted us with our enquiries, however as part of our ongoing investigations I would like to make an appeal for witnesses to come forward at Coolock garda station."

A Family Picture of Karl Robertson [28] from Castlekevin Road who has passed away. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
A Family Picture of Karl Robertson [28] from Castlekevin Road who has passed away. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Supt Donnelly said he was satisfied that the man who presented himself and was questioned was the driver of the van and that the van was not stolen.

He said that while Gardai are treating this as a criminal investigation he is satisfied there is nothing sinister in relation to it.

“We are treating it as a hit and run traffic accident,” he said.

He added that he did not know why the van was burned out and added that this was part of the ongoing investigation.

Supt Donnelly said it was his understanding that Karl was crossing the road when he was hit.

“The driver was not arrested. He presented himself and came voluntarily to Coolock garda station last night and was interviewed. He is cooperating with the investigation,” he said.

He issued an appeal for a number of people who were in the area between 9.45pm and 10pm to come forward.

“In particular I am most anxious to contact a man in his 20s who may not be from Ireland but who interacted with some of the people here who were assisting Karl at the scene. That person indicated that they had witnessed the collision and I would ask him to come forward.”

“I am also aware that there may have been a couple, a man and a woman out walking at Hazelwood Drive at the time of the collision and again I would appeal for them to come forward.”

“I am also anxious to trace a taxi driver who picked up a man in his early 30s on Oscar Traynor Road shortly after 10pm on Wednesday night and he brought that fare to the Kilbarron Avenue area of Coolock. I would appeal to that taxi driver to make contact with us at Coolock garda station at 01 6664200.”

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