AN appeal has been made to the public for information which could help identify the person responsible for a fatal hit- and- run collision which resulted in the death of a Gneeveguilla father- offour.
Cyclist Paud O'Leary ( 42), was killed just two kilometres from his home as he trained for the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. Mr O'Leary was struck by a vehicle at Scrahanfadda, Gneeveguilla, sometime between 7.30am and 10am on July 1 last.
The deceased man was a member of a wellknown local family and left behind his wife Maggie, and children Shannon, Antoinette, Paudie and Ross.
Gardaí believe the vehicle involved in the hitandrun was a charcoal grey Toyota Land cruiser, travelling from Killarney in the direction of Duhallow, North Cork. A picture of a similar-type vehicle has been released and an appeal has been made to the public for their help in identifying the suspect vehicle, or for anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward.
Inspector Anthony Sugrue from Kanturk Garda Station appealed to the public to come forward with information.
"We are anxious to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident on July 1, 2012, or who may know a person who drives a charcoal grey Toyota Landcruiser, or may have noticed any such jeep with damage to the right hand side of the vehicle," he said.
"Information which may seem insignificant to you could prove crucial in helping gardaí identify the person responsible for this tragic incident, which lead to the death of Mr. O'Leary," Insp Sugrue added.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers in confidence on 1800 25 00 25.
Calls to Crimestoppers are dealt with in the strictest of confidence. Callers do not need to leave their name or address.
A reward may be recieved for information which significantly helps gardaí in their investigation.