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Thursday 27 April 2017

Woman fighting for her life after coach luggage door hit three pedestrians

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Laura Larkin, Ian Begley and Allison Bray

Gardaí are investigating a suspected hit and run in Dublin city centre after a coach luggage door is believed to have hit three pedestrians, leaving a woman fighting for her life.

Two men and one woman were injured in the incident. The woman was rushed to St James  Hospital where her injuries are described as critical.

The incident occurred at Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 at approximately 3.10pm on Friday afternoon.

The two males were taken to St Vincent’s University Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

"Investigating Gardaí are following a definite line of enquiry are  appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Pearse St Garda Station on 01 -666 9000," gardaí said in a statement.

Independent.ie understands that two coaches have been detained by investigating gardai.

It is believed that the coach involved is operated by a private operator.

A source said the area is covered by CCTV.

Gardai at the closed off section of road from Summerhill to Rathmolyon in Co Meath where the fatal hit and run took place.
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Gardai at the closed off section of road from Summerhill to Rathmolyon in Co Meath where the fatal hit and run took place. Pic Steve Humphreys

It is the second hit and run incident currently being investigated by gardai today.

Gardai in Meath are investigating after the body of a man in his 20s was found on the roadside on Thursday night.

The man was found on the side of the road on the Rathmolyon to Summerhill Road in Meath at approximately 8.50pm last night.  He had suffered fatal injuries in the accident, according to gardai.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision failed to remain at the scene, a garda spokesman added.

Superintendent of Summerhill Garda station Brian Daly said a black saloon car had been seen driving “erratically” around the town between 8.30 and 9pm.

“The young man was walking from his house towards the Summer Hill direction.

“The car, which was driving very erratically, passed the town and turned left and struck him about 300 yards away.

“We understand there are a number of people who witnessed this incident and we are currently trying to locate them.

“We’ve set up an incident room in Trim and are seeking any witnesses or persons who may have been walking, jogging driving at that time to contact us.”

The victim who lived locally was described by locals as "charismatic and kind".

Local Cllr Joe Fox said it is a very sad time for the Summer Hill Community.

"I live just up the road from his family. It's a terrible loss and I am, along with everyone in this community, are very upset.

“He came from a very decent family and I'm so sorry for their loss."

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