Tuesday 27 September 2016

Face of suspect in fatal hit-and-run of toddler in park

By Ken Foy Crime Correspondent

Published 09/04/2015 | 13:36

Ciaran Lane was quizzed over the hit-and-run, inset Venessa Siaka
Ciaran Lane was quizzed over the hit-and-run, inset Venessa Siaka
Tragic Venessa Siatka
Tragic Vanessa Siatka who died this morning after being struck by a car
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car. The youngster later died
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car. The youngster later died
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car. The youngster later died
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car. The youngster later died
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car. The youngster later died

This the young man who was arrested by gardai investigating a hit-and-run incident which resulted in the death of a toddler in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

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Ciaran Lane (24) was released from custody in Blanchardstown Garda Station in the early hours of yesterday morning without charge.

A file will now be prepared for the DPP.

A family member said that Mr Lane did not wish to comment on the case when the Herald called to his home last night.

Tragic Venessa Siatka
Tragic Venessa Siatka
Tragic Vanessa Siatka who died this morning after being struck by a car

Little Venessa Siatka was a month short of her second birthday when she was hit by a car that failed to stop in the Phoenix Park near the Ashtown Gate on Monday evening.

The tragic incident happened on the North Road at approximately 6.25pm on Monday.

Dad-of-one Mr Lane presented himself to Cabra Garda Station shortly after the incident.

After his arrest he was brought to Blanchardstown Garda Station before later being released without charge.

Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car. The youngster later died
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car. The youngster later died
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car. The youngster later died
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car. The youngster later died
Gardai investigate an incident on the North Road in Phoenix Park, where a toddler was seriously injured after being struck by a car. The youngster later died

On Tuesday, gardai renewed their appeal for information about the fatal hit-and-run.

"Gardai are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen the car involved, a 02 D registration green Toyota Corolla, driving erratically near the Visitors' Centre or in the general Phoenix Park area on Monday afternoon prior to the collision," a garda spokesman said.

heartbroken

The car involved drove out of the park as witnesses raced to the aid of the little girl and called emergency services.

Paramedics battled to save Venessa and she was rushed to Temple Street Hospital where she lost her fight for life.

Her heartbroken dad Lukasz (32) told the Herald that she "went to the angels" in her mother's arms.

"She was a happy, healthy and smiley little girl. If I had a bad day in work it all disappeared when I walked through the door. She made our troubles disappear," he said.

Venessa was in the Phoenix Park with her mother Katarzyna, also known as Kasia.

"They had gone to the park with a friend and another child when she was knocked down," said Mr Siatka.

"I got a phone call and went straight to the hospital. I had been told Venessa was badly hurt and then when I saw Kasia I knew how bad it was."

He said doctors at Temple Street told them there was no chance Venessa would survive.

"Waiting was the worst thing. Waiting and not being able to do anything. Then at 1.28am Venessa died in Kasia's arms. She went to the angels."

kfoy@herald.ie

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