'Road rage' victim dies in hospital
Published 01/10/2010 | 05:00
A MAN who suffered serious head injuries in an apparent road rage attack died in hospital last night.
The victim, a 49-year-old English man from Newcastle, arrived in Ireland a couple of months ago and was working here as a pipe layer. He had been living in rental accommodation.
He was hit in the head with a hurley in the incident at the junction of Sandymount Road, Newbridge Avenue and Tritonville Road in Sandymount, Dublin. He went home after the incident about 7.25pm on Sunday but became unwell the following day and was taken to St Vincent's Hospital.
He was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital. The man was listed as critical as he lay in an coma on a life support machine.
If road rage is confirmed as the trigger for the attack, it will be the first such incident that has resulted in death.
Gardai are still trying to pinpoint the exact circumstances leading up to the tragic incident. They confirmed that two motorists were involved.
One driver hit the other driver over the head. Gardai would not say what the weapon was but it is understood to have been a hurley. The other driver has been interviewed by gardai. There have been no arrests so far.
Gardai sealed off a 40-yard stretch of the junction earlier in the week for a forensic examination.
There were a number of people in the area at the time of the attack. Gardai are anxious to trace any witnesses. Anyone with information should contact Irishtown garda station on 01 6669600.