Saturday 26 May 2018

Gardai still looking for fall driver

Gardai investigate after shots fired at car overnight
Gardai investigate after shots fired at car overnight

Kathryn Hayes

GARDAI are still looking to speak to a driver who left the scene of an accident in which a convicted killer fell out of his car and was struck by another vehicle.

Tony O'Brien (31) was a back-seat passenger in a Toyota Avensis being driven along the N69 road near Kildimo, Co Limerick, when he was killed at 1am on Saturday.

Originally from Limerick city, O'Brien was previously jailed for seven years for the manslaughter of a 23-year-old man who died after he was assaulted by three men in Limerick in May 2006.

It is understood he was returning to Limerick from Kerry where he had been socialising with friends and may have opened the door of the car to be sick when he fell out.

After falling out of the car on the new section of the N69 road at Bolane, O'Brien was struck by an oncoming BMW car travelling in the opposite direction.

The BMW driver attempted to take evasive action and remained at the scene, but the driver of the car in which O'Brien was travelling kept going. He returned briefly and shouted at the other motorist before fleeing in the direction of Limerick city.

Irish Independent

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