Wednesday 22 November 2017

Man loses fight for life after being mown down by hit-and-run driver

Evidence marks at the scene on Hazelwood Drive; a Renault badge at the scene where the van was burned out; victim Karl Robertson. Photos: Frank McGrath
Evidence marks at the scene on Hazelwood Drive; a Renault badge at the scene where the van was burned out; victim Karl Robertson. Photos: Frank McGrath
Karl Robertson
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The young man critically injured in a shocking hit-and-run on Wednesday night has died.

Karl Robertson (28) from Castlekevin Road in Artane was jogging when he was knocked down on Hazelwood Drive, not far from his home, at 9.45pm on Wednesday.

The gardaí have also confirmed that a man from Coolock is now assisting them in their investigation.

It has not been established if the male has any connection with the driver of the vehicle.

The victim was pronounced dead at Beaumont Hospital shortly after 8pm.

His aunt Marie Larkin, who lives just yards from Mr Robertson and his family, appealed for whoever was driving the vehicle involved to come forward to gardaí.

The driver failed to stop at the scene. A passing off-duty fireman and another man ran to Mr Robertson's aid and did what they could to stabilise him until the ambulance arrived.

As ambulance crews battled to save Mr Robertson, their colleagues in Dublin Fire Brigade in North Strand station got a call to deal with a vehicle fire not far away in the corner of a park off Beechlawn Grove, close to Parnells GAA Club.

"We just want whoever did this to hand themselves in. Please God, come forward for everyone's sake," Marie Larkin said.

"Karl is a gentleman and he didn't deserve this. He doesn't drink or smoke. He just loves to walk his dog and do some jogging.

"He's a quiet lad. We're all heartbroken," she added.

She said she wanted to thank the off-duty fireman and the second man who stopped to help him.

"Anyone who did anything to help is fantastic. We want to thank them.

"And if anyone knows anything about what happened or can help the gardaí, please come forward," she said.

Mr Robertson worked in Dunnes Stores in the nearby Northside Shopping Centre.

He lived at home with his sister Niamh and parents Tony and Cathy.

Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Coolock garda station on 01 6664200.

Irish Independent

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