Friday 31 October 2014

Young woman arrested over fatal hit-and-run released

Alan McSherry was discovered on road by wife

Published 13/09/2013 | 04:00

Alan McSherry
Mr McSherry's brother Andrew and wife Jo arriving for his funeral at Our Lady, Star of the Sea Church, Bundoran, last month
Surfers form a circle in the sea off Bundoran in honour of Alan McSherry days after his death
Surfers form a circle in the sea off Bundoran in honour of Alan McSherry days after his death

A WOMAN who was the suspected driver in a fatal hit-and-run incident where a man was killed has been released without charge.

Alan McSherry (48) was discovered on the road by his wife in the early hours of August 25 on the outskirts of Bundoran, Co Donegal.

He was walking home from a night out when he was struck by a car on a quiet, country road.

Yesterday, gardai arrested the young woman, who is from from Bundoran.

The suspect was detained last night under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Ballyshannon garda station. She was released this morning, with a file being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecution.

EMERGENCY

Mr McSherry had been celebrating a friend's birthday party in the Bridge Bar in Bundoran and was walking the short distance home to Boynagh in Co Leitrim when he was hit by a car.

His wife Jo had left the party early but she went looking for her husband just after 5am when she awoke and found missed calls from him on her phone.

She drove toward Bundoran to collect him but discovered him lying seriously injured in the middle of Newtown Road, a narrow and unlit road, just 10 minutes from their home.

She immediately called the emergency services and performed CPR on her husband until they arrived.

But his injuries were too great and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Debris from the car that struck him also remained at the scene.

"Jo found him but there was nothing she could do.

"He was lying in the middle of the road," his niece, Tara McSherry, said afterwards.

Mr McSherry and his wife were originally from the Birkenhead area of England.

They moved to Ireland almost 17 years ago to pursue their mutual love of surfing.

INVESTIGATION

Mr McSherry carried out maintenance work around Bundoran and was popular in the town.

After his death, his niece described how much he liked Bundoran.

"He loved it here, they both did. They moved over for the surfing but they really became a part of the town.

"He was a handyman and everyone knew him, he did jobs for everyone," she said.

Mr McSherry's parents, Ursula and Frank, and brothers, Terry and Andrew, still live in England.

Gardai say the investigation into the fatal hit-and-run is continuing.

By Greg Harkin and Clodagh Sheehy

Irish Independent

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