Thursday 25 December 2014

Notorious criminal quizzed over mum’s hit and run death

Luke Byrne and Ken Foy

Published 02/06/2014 | 12:38

The scene of the fatal road traffic accident at Davitt Road Golden Bridge Luas station.
Photo: Tony Gavin 31/05/2014
The scene of the fatal road traffic accident at Davitt Road Golden Bridge Luas station. Photo: Tony Gavin
Items at the scene of the fatal road traffic accident at Davitt Road Golden Bridge Luas station. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/05/2014

A DUBLIN gangster is being quizzed by gardai about a hit and run death of a young mum in the city over the weekend.

The notorious Drimnagh criminal, who previously survived an assassination attempt, was being questioned by gardai last night in relation to the incident where a woman was killed while crossing the road.

Caroline Watkins (40), from Lally Road, Ballyfermot, was crossing near the Golden Bridge Luas stop in Davitt Road, Inchicore, when she was hit by the vehicle.

The car failed to stop, ploughed into her and drove away from the scene.

It is believed that the well-known criminal may have been fleeing from rival criminals when he hit Ms Watkins.

The incident happened at around 10.30pm on Friday and it is understood she hit the windscreen of the car.

Ms Watkins was taken to St James’s Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Locals in Ballyfermot paid tribute to Ms Watkins, a mother-of-one, who worked in vending machine maintenance.

“She was very nice, but also a very private person,” one woman told

DISTRAUGHT

A family member at her home yesterday said that they were too distraught to talk about what had happened. “We’re not ready,” she said.

Garda forensic collision investigators examined the scene before re-opening the road.

A man, aged in his 30s, was arrested in connection with the incident on Saturday evening in the Drimnagh area.

He was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Sundrive Road garda station.

However, the car that was involved in the incident has not been recovered.

Gardai have appealed for the public’s help to track down the vehicle which is described as dark coloured, possibly a Ford Focus with an 08 or 09 registration.

Following the incident, the car left in the direction of Naas Road. Gardai believe the smash would have caused considerable damage to the vehicle.

“This car would have damage to the front and to the windscreen,” a garda statement said.

Anyone with any information has been asked to contact Sundrive Road garda station on 01 666 6600.

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