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Sunday 18 August 2019

Face up to responsibility after toddler hit-and-run, driver told

Oliver Plunkett Street where the incident occurred (Photo: Google Maps)
Oliver Plunkett Street where the incident occurred (Photo: Google Maps)

Aine Kenny

A community has expressed its shock after a two-year-old boy was injured in a hit-and-run incident in Co Cork.

It is believed the boy fell out of his buggy on Oliver Plunkett Street and was hit by a car. The driver of the car did not stop.

Gardaí in Bandon are investigating the incident which occurred at about 6pm on Saturday.

Fianna Fáil councillor Gillian Coughlan said: "It was such a near miss. Thankfully the little boy wasn't seriously injured. There is anger at the fact the person continued to drive. The Garda appeal has been widely circulated on social media and people are keen to see whoever did this to come forward."

The councillor appealed to the driver to present themselves to gardaí.

"Accidents happen; thankfully it wasn't fatal. But I would appeal to the person to face up to the responsibility. For their own sake they should come forward, admit what happened and then face whatever consequences."

Independent councillor Alan Coleman said that it was very shocking event, adding: "For someone to leave the scene when a two-year-old was hurt, it is awful."

The car failed to stop and carried on in the direction of Bandon fire station.

The boy was rushed to Cork University Hospital. His injuries were described as non-life threatening.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bandon garda station on 023-8852200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

Irish Independent

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