Tuesday 19 November 2019

Fresh appeal for information on mystery hit and run in which dad died

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A FRESH appeal for information has been made at the inquest of a father of four who died in an unsolved hit-and-run accident.

Mags O’Leary, the widow of Paud (42), was told at an inquest into her husband’s death yesterday that he died instantly of the injuries he received in the collision.



His daughter Shannon, mother Maunie, brother Dermot and other members of the family were also in the public gallery for the brief hearing at the South Kerry Coroner’s Court in Killarney.



Mr O’Leary of Bridgeview, Leam, Gneeveguilla, Co Kerry was killed when he was struck by a vehicle as he trained for a charity cycle on July 1 this year.



No one has ever come forward and admitted their part in the collision, despite repeated appeals for information by the Gardai and Mr O’Leary’s family.



Coroner Terence Casey opened the inquest with the consent of the DPP to hear the medical cause of death.



The inquest was then adjourned pending the completion of the garda investigation.



Mr O’Leary died of the injuries he sustained when his bicycle was hit by what gardai believe to have been a grey Toyota Land Cruiser at Scrahanfadda, Gneeveguilla, Co Kerry, on the morning of July 1.



His body was found in a ditch by members of his family later that morning when he failed to return home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.



He suffered swelling to the brain, inner cerebral trauma and a spinal cord injury consistent with a road traffic accident, the inquest heard.



Solicitor Padraig O’Connell, acting for the family, asked the coroner to confirm that death had been instantaneous.



Mr Casey agreed it had been judging by the medical report and he said he hoped the gardai would be able to bring the matter to a conclusion.



“I appeal to the public and to anyone who may have information to bring it to the attention of the gardai,” Mr Casey added.



His comments were echoed by Superintendent Flor Murphy, who extended his sympathies to the O’Leary family and appealed to members of the public to come forward if they had information that could help the investigation.



Gardai investigating Mr O’Leary’s death believe he was struck by the driver of a grey Toyota Land Cruiser that was travelling from Killarney in the direction of Gneeveguilla, which is about 19km east of the town.



They spoke to a number of people in the area with vehicles matching that description to rule them out of their inquires.



They also appealed to garage owners to be extra vigilant, as they believed the vehicle would have had significant damage to its front right hand side.



Anyone with information is asked to contact Kanturk Gardai or any garda station.

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