Saturday 16 December 2017

Family appeal to motorist to come forward in horror hit-and-run case

Hit-and-run victim David Kelly was found lying in a pool of blood
Hit-and-run victim David Kelly was found lying in a pool of blood

David Raleigh and Cathal McMahon

The devastated family of a young hit-and-run victim have appealed for the driver of the vehicle involved to come forward.

David Kelly (21) sustained two fractured neck vertebrae, a broken wrist and broken elbow when he was hit by a car just a kilometre-and-a-half from his home in Carrigeen, near Croom, Co Limerick.

His uncle Conn Kelly (40) said his family fear he may have suffered brain damage, but are praying he will make a full recovery.

The young garden centre worker and part-time barman was found "lying in a pool of blood in the middle of the road" at around 2.30am on Monday.

Scene of the two-car accident on the Condell Road, Limerick, which claimed the life of a man in his 70s. Photo: Press 22.
Scene of the two-car accident on the Condell Road, Limerick, which claimed the life of a man in his 70s. Photo: Press 22.

Conn Kelly said: "He has a bad laceration to the head and a deep wound in the back of the neck; a fractured elbow; a fractured wrist; and two fractured vertebrae in his neck.

"He's after receiving over a hundred stitches to the top of his head."

Compounding the family's nightmare, Mr Kelly was found by an aunt, Joanne Kelly, who was traveling home from a night out with friends.

She had been accompanied by two friends, one of whom is a trained nurse and who gave Mr Kelly life-saving roadside medical attention.

Alison Moore, who died on Saturday following a crash last Monday
Alison Moore, who died on Saturday following a crash last Monday

"It was frightening to see; it was a horrific scene," another uncle, Brian Kelly, said.

Mr Kelly was seriously injured while walking home alone after a night out with friends to celebrate having recently passed his driving test.

Conn Kelly added: "His head is our big worry. He is sedated now of course, but he's badly injured; he was in a lot of pain.

"He lost a substantial amount of blood. We're hoping he'll make a full recovery, but we don't know.

"We're hoping there is no brain damage.

"It was a shock seeing him in such a state, on a wet country road...to be thrown down like that.

"Whoever did this, just left him there. You wouldn't do it to a dog. Their conscience will have to get at them.

"I'd appeal to their conscience; come out and man up."

Fighting back tears he added: "They should have made a 999 call."

He said: "Someone knows something and someone knows who did it. There (has to be) some (vehicle) damaged somewhere."

He also appealed for mechanics working in garages or repair shops, who may have information about the vehicle involved, to "make an anonymous call to gardaí if needs be".

Gardaí at Newcastle West have appealed for anyone with information to come forward and help their investigation.

Mr Kelly's "shocked" parents, along with his beloved 70-year-old grandmother Chrissie, were maintaining a vigil at his hospital bedside.

The Kelly family's appeal comes as gardaí investigate another fatal collision in Limerick which left a man in his 70s dead.

The man was the sole occupant of a car that was in a collision with another car around 8am yesterday.

The collision occurred along a stretch of the Condell Road, on the outskirts of Limerick city.

The road was closed to allow a Garda forensic collision investigating officer to examine the scene.

A Garda spokesperson said: "A man in his 70s, who was the sole occupant of the car, was brought to University Hospital Limerick where he has since passed away.

"The sole occupant of the second car did not require medical attention at the scene."

Meanwhile, tributes have been paid to a former Rose of Tralee contestant who died tragically at the weekend.

Alison Moore, from Newbliss, Co Monaghan, was a pillion passenger on a motorcycle that crashed in Cladowen, Co Monaghan, on Monday, June 5.

She was rushed to hospital but tragically lost her fight for life on Saturday.

Ms Moore took part in the Rose of Tralee selection process for the county in 2011 and tributes were paid to her on the Monaghan Rose Centre page.

The centre posted: "With a heavy heart, all of us in the Monaghan Rose Centre would like to extend our deepest sympathy with the Moore family following the passing of Ally Moore on Saturday.

"Ally was a bubbly, fun and lovable young lady who will be sadly missed RIP xxx."

Irish Independent

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