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Gardai investigating suspected hit-and-run incident which has left mother-of-one fighting for her life search for taxi driver

Critical: Siobhan Geraghty has had surgery for head injuries
Critical: Siobhan Geraghty has had surgery for head injuries

Gardai have renewed their appeal for witnesses of a suspected hit-and-run incident which has left a mother-of-one fighting for her life.

Siobhan Geraghty (35) took a taxi to her home at the Lohunda Dale estate in Clonsilla from Harcourt Street at around 3.40am on Sunday. But Ms Geraghty never made it to her door after she was hit by a car that failed to stop at the scene.

Neighbours reported hearing 'a thud' and then a car speeding from the scene. They discovered Siobhan lying unconscious on the road.

The primary school teacher was rushed to Connolly Hospital and later transferred to Beaumont Hospital, where her condition is described as critical.

In a statement today, a garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí are investigating the possibility that this woman may be the victim of a hit and run road traffic collision."

Gardai have established that Ms Geraghty travelled by taxi to the Lohunda area before she was discovered and they are seeking to identify the driver of this taxi.

"Gardaí have carried out extensive house to house enquiries and would like to thank the public for their invaluable assistance. Gardaí continue to appeal for witnesses in particular anyone who  may have been in the Lohunda Estate/Ongar Distributor Road area between 3.15am and 4.15am on Sunday morning the 8th May 2016."

Anyone wtih information can contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 6667000, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

Siobhan's brother Senan told the Irish Independent this week: "Siobhan has had surgery to reduce the swelling and pressure on her brain, and the doctors said the first 48 hours are critical. She had three separate injuries to her head and the one causing the most concern was at the back of her skull,".

"That bang caused her brain to be pushed forward and now the doctors have had to remove the front of her skull to reduce the pressure on the frontal lobes of her brain. It's hard to look at her now but she's in the best place she can be, and if the doctors didn't operate, her injuries could have been fatal."

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