Man fighting for his life after being hit by car and beaten with baseball bats
Gardaí believe a gang of four men is behind a brutal baseball bat attack that left a Dublin man fighting for his life.
Patrick Stokes (40), from Bayside, remained in a serious condition last night following the attack in Dublin's north inner city.
Mr Stokes was hit with a car and then set upon by men wielding baseball bats. He was rushed to the Mater Hospital with serious head injuries.
Witnesses said a car drove down Hill Street at 12.20am and turned left on to Parnell Street.
It appeared to deliberately knock the man down at the side of the road.
A number of men were then seen jumping out of the car and attacking the man with weapons, said to be bats or sticks.
Then attackers left the scene in the direction of Gardiner Street and Summerhill, leaving their seriously injured victim bleeding on the road.
Witnesses said the attackers appeared to be of North African and Asian descent.
Mr Stokes is not from the city centre, but had been socialising in the area.
Investigating officers have been trying to ascertain a motive for the attack.
The road at the junction of Parnell Street and North Cumberland Street, as far as the junction with Gardiner Street, was closed for a time.
Members of the Garda Technical Bureau carried out a forensic examination of the scene.
Gardaí confirmed they are investigating a hit-and-run traffic collision and an alleged assault.
"A man in his 40s was discovered with serious injuries following the incident.
"The man was removed by ambulance to the Mater Hospital," a spokesperson said.
"Gardaí believe the man was struck by a green or blue coloured Audi saloon car which left the scene in the direction of Summerhill.
"Witnesses also allege a number of men got out from this car and assaulted the man."
While the area of the attack is close to the streets where attacks related to the Kinahan and Hutch feud have occurred, gardaí do not believe it was related to the gang war that has led to a dozen deaths so far.
Gardaí have been examining CCTV from the area and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.