Friday 23 March 2018

Cyclist Paudie O’Leary was killed by grey 4x4

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

GARDAI are satisfied that a cyclist who was killed in a hit- and-run collision on Sunday morning had been struck by a grey Toyota 4x4.

However, the identity of the driver remains unknown.

The remains of Paud O'Leary (42) were removed from his home in Bridgeview, Leam, Gneeveguilla last night to the Church of the Holy Rosary in the east Kerry village, where his funeral will take place today.

The father of four had been out cycling on Sunday morning in training for a charity cycle.

The accident happened some time between 8am and 10am.

Last night gardai in Kanturk, Co Cork, investigating the accident confirmed that they were now satisfied as to the make and colour of the vehicle that was driven away from the scene after the accident at Scrahanfadda, Gneeveguilla on the Killarney road.

"We still don't have any idea of the registration of the vehicle or the year but we would be delighted to hear from the owner or anyone who might know someone with a jeep that matches this description that has some damage to the front of it," said Garda Inspector Gerry Lacey, who is heading the investigation.

Inspector Lacey added that the front of the vehicle would have been significantly damaged on impact and he appealed to garage owners to be vigilant.

Last night members of a local GAA club formed a guard of honour as the cyclist's body was brought to the church.

Mr O'Leary is survived by his wife Maggie, children Shannon, Antoinette, Paudie and Ross, parents and brothers and sisters.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kanturk garda station at 029 20680, the garda confidential telephone line at 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Irish Independent

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