Monday 20 May 2019

Gardaí investigate second fatal hit and run in two days

Bodies of two men found at roadside

The scene of the discovery of a man’s body at Ballybane, Co Cork. Picture: Provision
The scene of the discovery of a man’s body at Ballybane, Co Cork. Picture: Provision
Craig McDermott

Allison Bray

A close-knit community has been left reeling following another suspected hit-and-run accident at the weekend that claimed the life of a 67-year-old man.

The body of the man, whose name will be released pending notification of his next of kin, was found at approximately 9.30am yesterday on the road from Castlecor to Johns Bridge at Ballybane, Liscarroll, Co Cork.

It is believed that he was struck late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

The victim is from Liscarroll and was killed near his home.

It was the second fatality following another suspected hit-and-run at the weekend.

Local Fine Gael councillor John Paul O'Shea said the man's tragic death had shocked the community.

"There's a huge sadness in the area," he told the Irish Independent last night.

"Only a few weeks ago, we had a fatal accident in Churchtown," he said of the tragic accident on the June bank holiday weekend that claimed the life of a father while he drove to the beach with his family.

Patrick McMahon (39), of Churchtown in Co Cork, died following a collision between the van he was driving and a tractor on the Buttevant to Liscarroll Road on bank holiday Monday.

Referring to this weekend's tragedy, Cllr O'Shea added: "But the community is very strong and I'm sure they will rally around the man's family in the coming days."

As gardaí continue to investigate the circumstances of the death, which they believe is consistent with a hit and run, another community in Co Longford has also been left devastated following the hit-and-run death of a 32-year-old local man on Friday night.

The victim has been named locally as Craig McDermott from Ballagh, Newtownforbes, Co Longford. He was struck while walking on the N4 at Deerpark near Newtownforbes.

The vehicle failed to stop and continued in the direction of Newtownforbes.

The victim was treated at the scene by a paramedic and taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar but was pronounced dead on arrival.

A friend of Mr McDermott has described him as one of the "funniest, craziest best friends anyone could have".

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Joe Flaherty said everyone in the area was devastated by the death of the well-respected and popular young man.

Mr McDermott will be buried on Thursday, following his funeral Mass at St Mary's Church, Newtownforbes at noon.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to both incidents.

Irish Independent

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