Tuesday 20 March 2018

Grieving mum again urges hit-and-run driver to come forward

TRAGIC: Fintan Traynor died in a suspected hit-and-run
TRAGIC: Fintan Traynor died in a suspected hit-and-run
Grieving mum again urges driver to come forward

Joe McCabe

A GRIEVING mother has renewed her appeal for information about the death of her 20-year-old son whose life was snuffed out in a hit-and-run incident three years ago.

Trainee accountant, Fintan Traynor of Lemgare, Clontibret, Co Monaghan, died when he was struck by a car on the Lemgare Road close to the Keady/Derrynoose border only 100 yards from his home in the early hours of Sunday, June 26, 2011.

Lemgare Road is a minor road which links Clontibret and Annyalla in Co Monaghan south of the Border. The scene is close to McQuaid's quarry and the road is also known as the Quarry Road.

Fintan was hit by a car which is believed to be an old type Audi A4 1996 to 2001 model, which left the scene.

Earlier that night, Fintan had been out socialising with his cousin Kieran in Castleblayney following a family gathering at the home of his uncle Brendan at Liettnakelly, Clontibret to celebrate the return home of another uncle, Enda, his wife Moira and their four children, including his cousin Kieran, from Australia.

Still grieving mother Bridie and her husband Martin, and daughter Bronagh (24) are hoping that someone will now come forward with information to help bring closure to the family.

Fintan's mum said: "I appeal to the person who is responsible for Fintan's death or anybody who may have been in the car that killed my son to come forward. It will not bring Fintan back but, as a family, we need some sort of closure to enable us to get on with our lives."

Fintan's body was discovered by his uncle and aunt Enda and Moira Traynor who, still feeling jetlagged after a flight from Australia, went for a walk on the Lemgare Road just after 5am on June 26, 2011.

Tragic Fintan was seen on CCTV getting into a taxi in Castleblayney with his cousin at approximately 2am to return home to Clontibret.

Bridie added: "On their return from Castleblayney in the taxi that morning, Fintan insisted on walking Kieran home to his uncle Brendan's house before turning to walk home the three kilometres to our house."

Fintan never made it home.

Detectives at Monaghan garda station have stressed that any information which will help to shed new light on Fintan's death would be greatly welcomed.

A garda spokesman said: "Did you get a lift or were you in an old-type Audi car that night? Did somebody who had that type of a car get rid of it unexpectedly? All matters will be treated in confidence."

He went on: "Gardai are particularly interested in three cars which were seen in this area between 3am and 5am. One car was seen on the Crossbane Road with somebody screaming from it, another car was seen on the Curragh Lane and a third car was seen after dawn on the Doohat Road with its lights on.

"We want to speak to the drivers or occupants of these cars so that we can eliminate them from our investigation and anybody else who was in this area that night."

Gardai would also like to hear from any panel beaters, car dismantlers or car wash operators on either side of the Border who may remember anything unusual regarding a 1996 to 2001 model old type Audi A4 with frontal damage back in late June 2011.

Monaghan gardai can be contacted at 047 77200 or the garda confidential line at 1800 666111. Garda Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 1800 250025 or from the North on 080 0555111. Anyone providing information which substantially helps this investigation may be rewarded.

Sunday Independent

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