Sunday 19 November 2017

Man killed after hit and run by ‘blue BMW’

Gardai appeal for witness after cyclist critically injured in suspected hit and run last night

The scene of the fatal hit and run on the Gort Road in Loughrea
The scene of the fatal hit and run on the Gort Road in Loughrea
The scene of the fatal hit and run on the Gort Road in Loughrea
The scene of the fatal hit and run on the Gort Road in Loughrea
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

GARDAI in Loughrea, Co Galway are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run which claimed the life of a local man.

The man, who is in his late sixties, was critically injured when his bike was struck by a car in the town at 8.30pm last night.

The car, a blue BMW with a partial registration of 01 G failed to stop at the scene. The injured man was rushed to University Hospital Galway (UHG) where he passed away shortly before 2am. A post mortem examination will be carried out later today.

The hit and run occurred close to pedestrian lights on the Gort Road in the town at around 8.30pm. The driver drove off in the direction of Gort. Gardai have now launched a wide scale hunt for the vehicle which has a blown right rear brake light and is likely to be damaged at the front.

Locals in the area told of their shock at the tragic death, describing the victim as a very popular member of the community.

The victim, who lived alone in the town, spent much of his time entertaining residents at the local nursing home and assisting the local Loughrea Comhaltas music group.

Local Fine Gael councillor Michael Mogie Maher said the entire community was in shock following the death.

He urged the driver of the car to hand themselves in to gardai.

“People here are in shock, I would appeal for the driver to do the right thing and go to gardai.

"Whatever happened we are just hoping the person involved will hand themselves into gardai and bring some closure to the family,” he added.

The victim of the hit and run had lived in the area his entire life. While he had no immediate family living locally, gardai are now informing his next of kin of his tragic

The scene of the accident remained closed off for a number of hours this morning while a garda forensic collision examination was carried out. It has now reopened.

Gardai are appealing for anyone with any information or who may have witnessed the incident to come forward or contact them on 091-842870 or on the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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