Boy (14) is 'lucky to be alive' after hit-and-run
The father of a boy who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident has said his son was left for dead on the side of the road "like a piece of meat".
Sean O'Reilly (14) was struck by a car while he was cycling on the Cheeverstown Road in Tallaght, Dublin, at around 8.50pm on Sunday.
Speaking to 'Dublin Talks' on 98FM, John O'Reilly said his son was "lucky to be alive".
"I was at the scene about two minutes after it happened and I wouldn't like anybody to see what I have seen...it was horrific. I just can't understand how somebody would leave a child for dead on the side of the road."
Mr O'Reilly said his son suffered two breaks in one leg, a shattered elbow, multiple fractures to his skull and "bruises all over".
He discovered his son had been seriously injured when he phoned his mobile and a passerby at the scene answered.
"He's talking now and he knows what happened, but it will be a long road to recovery. The doctors are saying it could take up to six months," he said.
Gardaí have issued an appeal for witnesses.