Sunday 21 January 2018

Joyrider fights for life after car crash

Barry Duggan

A TEENAGE joyrider was fighting for his life last night after the stolen car he was travelling in overturned during a high-speed chase with gardai.

The 17-year-old youth -- who cannot be named for legal reasons -- lost control of the green Honda Accord, which was stolen in Limerick city on Sunday night, after gardai attempted to get the driver to pull over.

The vehicle crashed into another car and narrowly avoided an ambulance when it flipped over at Punches Cross, Limerick, before midnight.

The car which was struck collided with a third vehicle during the incident.

The driver, who is from the south side of the city and well-known to gardai in Limerick, remained in a critical condition at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital last night.

Two garda officers, a paramedic and two women who were in the second car in the collision were all treated at the Mid-Western Regional hospital for injuries which were not life-threatening.

All -- apart from the youth in the stolen car -- have since been released while medical staff continue to monitor the condition of the injured teen.

The late night drama unfolded around 11pm when gardai, responding to an incident in the Raheen area of the city, noticed the stolen car being driven in O'Connell Avenue near the city centre.

The car was pursued by the officers. However, it took off at speed before the pursuit ended in horrific fashion.

Irish Independent

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