Sunday 23 November 2014

Parents of hit-and-run boy appeal for driver to hand himself in

Schoolboy seriously injured in incident

Published 11/08/2014 | 08:42

Gardai appeal for information in hit-and-run

The parents of a young boy seriously injured in a hit-and-run have appealed with the with the driver to come forward.

The emotional plea came from Zabar Harna and Felicia Covac after their youngest son, Pardilian, 11, was discharged from hospital.

Mr Harna called on the driver to examine his conscience, as gardai urged the driver and his passengers, two women, to hand themselves.

“How would they feel if I had done this to them and had hit one of their children and took off?” Mr Harna said through an interpreter.

“They could have killed my child. The child could have died if the car had been going a little faster.

“Why didn’t they stop? I would like an apology, at least," he told the Irish Examiner.

The incident occurred on Thomas Street at around 9.15pm last Wednesday and the vehicle suspected of being involved — a silver BMW with an English registration plate — was located in the Shandon area of Cork on Friday.

Pardilian, a fifth class pupil, was rushed to the Mercy University Hospital (MUH) in Cork and was treated for cuts and bruises to his head, a gash on his chest, cuts, scrapes and bruises on his stomach and left elbow, and a dislocated left kneecap.

Gardai at Mayfield Garda Station are investigation. It is understood they have visited several homes in recent days as part of their investigation. However, no arrests have been made yet.

A wing mirror and other debris found at the scene of the collision have been forensically examined.

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