Sunday 24 September 2017

Young man (27) dies in hospital six months after suspected hit and run

Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A man who was found unconscious after an apparent hit-and-run in North Dublin last December has died after more than six months in hospital.

The incident occurred in the early hours of December 27 last year on the R128 Skerries to Loughshinny Road.

Callum 'Cal' Grimes (27), was found unconscious on the side of the road in Loughshinny by a passer-by at about 8.30am that morning, but it is suspected that he was knocked down hours before.

Broken glass and plastic from a vehicle was scattered nearby.

He was from the St Catherine’s estate in Rush.

A bread delivery driver found him lying on the road as he was making deliveries and a local nurse helped give him first aid before emergency services arrived.

Mr Grimes sustained serious injuries when he was apparently hit by a vehicle that failed to remain at the scene.

A local resident reported hearing a bang from the direction of the road outside her home sometime between 1am and 2am, but gardai do not know if the noise was related to the victim’s injuries.

“I heard a bang outside sometime between 1am and 2am, and then my husband saw the fire brigade outside at around 8.30am, and now I wonder if the two things are connected,” one local woman told the Herald at the time.

Gardai made several appeals for information from the public in relation to the incident.

They also appealed for the driver of a blue Volkswagen Transporter van who may have information relating to this incident to contact them.

One man in his 30s was arrested and questioned at Balbriggan in relation to the incident but later released without charge.

Mr Grimes was out socialising on St Stephen’s night at a bar in Skerries about 5km away from where he was found.

It is believed he was unable to get a taxi and started walking home along the narrow road.

He died at Beaumont Hospital last Friday and a post mortem is due to be carried out on his body tomorrow before it is released to his family so that funeral arrangements can be made.

Gardai have today renewed their appeal for information in relation to the incident.

They can contact Balbriggan Garda station on 01 8020510, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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