Sunday 25 August 2019

Heroic bus driver went to help man who'd been hit by truck

Gerard Whyte: Friends described him as “hilarious and so kind”
Gerard Whyte: Friends described him as “hilarious and so kind”

Allison Bray and Gabija Gataveckaite

A heroic bus driver left his vehicle to try to help a pedestrian who was critically injured and later died after being hit by a lorry.

Gardaí last night arrested a man in his 50s in relation to the suspected hit and run. A HGV articulated truck was also recovered.

The deceased was named locally as Gerard Whyte (21) of Ballymun in north Dublin.

The incident happened after midnight yesterday when the driver of a white HGV lorry - minus its trailer - was involved in a collision with Mr Whyte.

The lorry was believed to be travelling towards the Donnycarney area from the Swords Road/ N1 motorway while Mr Whyte was crossing the Collins Avenue junction at Whitehall on foot around 12.20am.

An Aircoach bus driver heading towards the city centre from Dublin Airport saw the incident unfold.

According to sources, he leapt out of his bus and raced over to Mr Whyte and comforted him before emergency services arrived. Mr Whyte was rushed to nearby Beaumont Hospital but died a short time later.

A post-mortem was carried out by acting State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

Aircoach managing director Dervla McKay said: "Following [the] incident, we are supporting the gardaí with their enquiries as well as continuing to support our driver, whose actions were commendable.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased."

Meanwhile, friends of Mr Whyte paid tribute to him last night.

"Gerry was always the life of the party, he was hilarious and would never stop cracking jokes," a friend said.

"Everyone who met him loved him because he was just hilarious and so kind. It's such a huge shock and I know he will be missed by so many people. It really makes you realise how trivial things are," she added.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballymun station on 01 666 4400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

Irish Independent

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