Saturday 20 January 2018

Criminal quizzed over hit-and-run may have been fleeing gangsters

Gardai are appealing for witnesses
Gardai are appealing for witnesses
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

A MAN who was questioned over a hit-and-run death may have been fleeing from criminals at the time.

Caroline Watkins (40), from Lally Road, in Ballyfermot, was struck as she crossed the road near the Golden Bridge Luas stop, on Davitt Road, Inchicore, Dublin.

The car ploughed into her and she struck the windscreen of the vehicle in the incident, which occurred around 10.30pm on Friday. It then drove away from the scene in the direction of the busy N7 Naas road.

It is believed the well-known criminal, who previously survived an assassination attempt, may have been fleeing rival gangsters when the mother was struck.

He was held for questioning but was later released without charge. Gardai said a file would be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Ms Watkins was taken to St James's Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

People in Ballyfermot paid tribute to Ms Watkins, a mother of one, who worked in vending machine maintenance.

"She was very nice, but also a very private person," a woman said.

A family member at her home yesterday said that they were too distraught to talk about what had happened. "We're not ready," she said.

Garda forensic collision investigators examined the scene before reopening the road.

A man, aged in his 30s, was arrested in connection with the incident on Saturday evening in the Drimnagh area. He was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Sundrive Road garda station.

However, the car that was involved in the incident has not been recovered. Gardai have appealed for the public's help to track down the vehicle. It was described as dark-coloured, possibly a Ford Focus, with an 08 or 09 registration.

Anyone with any information has been asked to contact Sundrive Road garda station on 01 666 6600.

Irish Independent

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