Thursday 8 December 2016

Man held after girl (2) left fighting for life in hit-and-run at Phoenix Park

Sam Griffin and Adam Cullen

Published 07/04/2015 | 02:30

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

A two-year-old girl was last night fighting for her life after she was struck in a hit-and-run incident in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

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Gardaí arrested one man and are appealing for information following the shocking collision in the park, which was busy with families and young children enjoying the bank holiday sunshine.

The incident occurred around 6.25pm on the North Road, which runs through the Phoenix Park.

Gardaí and emergency services raced to the scene after the alarm was raised.

The child, who is understood to be Polish, was rushed to Temple Street Hospital by ambulance, where she was said to be in a serious condition.

Gardaí confirmed the car involved in the collision failed to the stop at the scene.

The road was closed and the area was immediately sealed off for a technical examination.

A short time later, a 24-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.

It was the second time the emergency services were called to an incident in the Phoenix Park yesterday as thousands of people soaked up the sunshine.

Members of the Air Corps were involved in a medical evacuation that saw a helicopter, which was transporting a patient, touch down on a pitch in the middle of the park.

The patient was carried into a waiting ambulance before he was transferred to hospital.

Elsewhere, a 60-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash shortly before 7.45am yesterday near Bandon in Co Cork. The man was the sole occupant of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, a 44-year-old motorcyclist was airlifted to Beaumont hospital in a serious condition after a collision with a car in Cavan.

A 24-year-old man was detained at Cavan garda station on suspicion of dangerous driving in the incident.

Irish Independent

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