Sunday 25 August 2019

Dad called wife before fatal crash to say he’d be home

Scene of the fatal crash on the Junction 3 slip road near the Blanchardstown centre this morning
Scene of the fatal crash on the Junction 3 slip road near the Blanchardstown centre this morning
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

The young father of two who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Blanchardstown this week had phoned his wife just 15 minutes beforehand to say he would be home soon.

Hong Qing Qu (33) called Li Liu (27) before he left his work at the Red Rice restaurant in Kimmage in the early hours of Tuesday.

The Chinese fast-food delivery driver, who has a three-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter, was driving back to his Mulhuddart home when an Audi A3 ploughed into the side of his Mitsubishi Colt.

The occupants of the Audi were picked up by another car and driven away from the scene.

Qing Qu’s cousin Xiaoyan Pan has told how his parents still don’t know he is dead.

“His parents haven’t seen him in 10 years and we just couldn’t tell them over the phone their son had died. We are waiting until they arrive and it’s just awful,” she said.

“Hong was such a wonderful dad and a hard-working husband. When he phoned Li to tell her he would be home soon she had no idea these would be his last ever words.”

Gardaí are continuing to investigate the death.

Meanwhile, a homeless man who was fatally injured after being hit by a lorry on the M50 had recently spoke about being emotionally exhausted by life on the streets.

Croatian national Vedran Kohut (37) and his dog ‘Evelyn’ had travelled through much of Europe during the past three years before arriving here in Ireland.

He was living in Limerick recently, and last month told the ‘Limerick Post’ he felt “left behind by society” and was “emotionally exhausted” by the experience as he lived in a makeshift camp alongside the River Shannon.

He was killed instantly at about 2.10pm on Wednesday at the Junction Six Blanchards-town exit when he was struck by a lorry.

Gardaí are treating his death as a personal tragedy.

Irish Independent

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