Wednesday 18 January 2017

Pedestrian killed by friends' car

ANNE LUCEY and PADDY CLANCY

Published 29/03/2010 | 05:00

A YOUNG man died while walking home in the early hours of yesterday morning after he was struck by a car in which some of his friends were travelling.

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The 24-year-old Polish man died when a car apparently went out of control in the Woodlawn residential area of Killarney, Co Kerry, at 4am.

In a tragic twist of fate, it is believed that some of those in the car had earlier been out socialising with the dead man.

Two women who were in the car, and who are also Polish nationals, were brought to Kerry General Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.

The car struck two walls before knocking down the young man. The area was preserved for technical examination until lunchtime yesterday.

Gardai in Killarney have not yet named the dead man. However, it was confirmed locally that he had worked in a local town centre hardware store for a number of years.

Supt Michael O'Donovan said gardai were appealing for witnesses. They were contacting the Polish embassy in order to contact the man's family.

Meanwhile, gardai in Leitrim arrested a 49-year-old man for questioning about a hit-and-run accident in which a 38-year-old father of three died on St Patrick's night.

The motorist, who was arrested on Saturday, was questioned by gardai and later released without charge.

Gardai said a file was being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Jonathan Gray, a construction worker, died when struck by a car at 11.30pm on March 17 while walking on the Hilly Road in Drumshanbo close to his parents home.

He lived in Cavan, attended his local St Patrick's Day parade with his wife and children, and then travelled to visit his parents.

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