Doctors treating a Dublin girl who was involved in a road accident on her way to school this week are hoping to bring her out of an induced coma to assess her condition.
Ashleigh Carroll (14) was on her way to a bus stop on Thursday morning when she was seriously injured after being struck by a car on the Oscar Traynor Road.
She was rushed to Temple Street Hospital having suffered head injuries and placed in a coma.
Her condition was described as critical but stable, but sources in Santry said doctors are hoping to bring her back to consciousness soon and hope her condition will improve.
Ashleigh lives in the nearby Aulden Grange estate with her mother Louise and her younger sister.
The sports-mad teenager is heavily involved in her local taekwondo club.
"I'm very sorry to hear about Ashleigh's accident and all our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family and we hope she makes a full and speedy recovery," said her instructor Darren Doherty.
"Ashleigh is one of our most talented students and is doing really well progressing towards her black belt.
"She is a great girl with great attitude and focus. She has won Dublin Open competitions and RITA Open competitions as well."
The club is run from Gaelscoil Cholmcille, where Ashleigh went to primary school. She now attends Scoil Chaitriona on Mobhi Rd and gets the 17A bus there every day.
Residents in Aulden Grange said an unofficial shortcut that is used by many residents to access the pedestrian crossing and bus stop on Oscar Traynor Road needs to be made safer because efforts to block it up in the past have not worked.
"We don't know which way Ashleigh took to get to the pedestrian crossing, but there is an unofficial shortcut that people use that is dangerous, because when you go through a gap in the hedge you go up a hill and then down the other side to the crossing," one neighbour explained.
Meanwhile, a boy who was involved in a road accident with a truck in Navan last Sunday remains in a critical condition in hospital.
Elrich Caputo (11), from Troytown Heights, was badly injured as he went to play a football match in the town.