Monday 26 June 2017

Young jogger Karl Robertson dies in hospital after hit-and-run

Inset: Karl Robertson
Inset: Karl Robertson

Ian Begley and Conor Feehan

The young man critically injured in a shocking hit-and-run on Wednesday night has died.

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.

The gardai have also confirmed that a man from Coolock is assisting gardai in their investigation.

It has not been established that the man has any connection with the driver of the vehicle. There have been no arrests.

Gardai say an off-duty fireman and a passerby came to the man’s aid and helped stabilise him until the ambulance arrived.

He was rushed to Beaumont Hospital where his condition was described today as critical.

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

“He is in a very bad way. He has spinal injuries, head injuries and broken limbs,” said Karl’s aunt Marie Larkin.

“We just want whoever did this to hand themselves in. Please God come forward for everyone’s sake,” she said through tears.

Marie also wanted to thank the off-duty fireman and the second man who stopped to help Karl.

“Anyone who did anything to help is fantastic. We want to thank them. And if anyone knows anything about what happened or can help the Gardai please come forward,” she said.

Neighbours on Hazelwood Drive where the collision happened said they saw ambulance personnel treating Karl on the road.

“The poor lad. They had a drip and everything going into him before they put him in the ambulance,” said one local woman.

The road was closed to facilitate Garda Forensic Collision Investigators but has since reopened.

Not long after the hit and run a white Renault car van was reported to be in flames in the corner of a park off Beechlawn Grove close to Parnells GAA Club.

A fire tender from Dublin Fire Brigade’s North Strand station extinguished the flames and the vehicle was taken away by gardai for forensic analysis

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information, particularly those who may have observed the white coloured Renault Megane van in the Coolock area prior to or following the collision, most notably the Hazelwood and Beechlawn areas between 9pm and 10.30pm, to contact them at Coolock Garda Station on 01 6664200, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

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