Thursday 22 August 2019

Crash dad left to die as group flees scene

The second car
The second car
The car in which father-of-two Hong Qing Qu (33) was left to die after the occupants of a second car fled following a collision at Blanchardstown in Dublin
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Gardaí are treating the death of a man in a road crash in Dublin as a hit-and-run after reports that the occupants of one car fled the scene after being picked up by a second immediately afterwards.

The crash happened not long after midnight yesterday at the top of a slip road close to Blanchardstown shopping centre.

Chinese national Hong Qing Qu (33), from the Castlecurragh estate in Dublin 15, died from the injuries he received when an Audi A3 with Limerick registration plates smashed into his Mitsubishi Colt.

The married father of two small children was left to die on the roadside when the occupants of the Audi were picked up by another car and driven away.

The dead man had been delivering fast food meals at the time of the crash.

Witnesses said at least four people who were in the Audi were picked up by the second car.

Gardai suspect that a man who was driven to Connolly Hospital with leg fractures around the same time was involved in the crash.

A car matching the description of the one that was seen leaving the scene of the crash was later stopped and the occupants were questioned by gardaí, but no immediate arrests were made.

Emergency services had to cut Mr Hong from the wreckage of his car. He was pronounced dead shortly after being rushed to Connolly Hospital.

"This poor man was left to die," a source said. "He was abandoned in his mangled vehicle on the road and it was other motorists who raised the alarm.

"What happened was grossly callous and showed a total disrespect for human life. He had been going about his business trying to support his young family. Nobody should ever die like that."

Gardaí are following a definite line of inquiry in their investigations but have appealed for witnesses to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station (01 666 7000), the Garda Confidential Line (1800 666 111), or any garda station.

Irish Independent

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