Thursday 23 November 2017

'He is in a very bad way - Heartbroken family of young jogger left critical in hit and run make plea

Karl Robertson 'has spinal injuries, head injuries and broken limbs'

Inset: Karl Robertson
Inset: Karl Robertson
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The family of a man who is in a critical condition after being knocked down in a hit and run on the northside of Dublin city have appealed for the driver of the vehicle to hand themselves in to gardai.

Karl Robertson (28) from Castlekevin Road in Artane was jogging when he was hit on Hazelwood Drive not far from his home at 9.45pm last night.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop at the scene and Gardai are today carrying out a technical examination on a white Renault Megane van that was found in flames nearby a short time later.

Gardai say an off-duty fireman and a passerby came to the man’s aid and helped stabilise him until the ambulance arrived.

A Family Picture of Karl Robertson [28] from Castlekevin Road who was seriously injured in a hit and run on Hazelwood Drive, Kilmore, Coolock. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
A Family Picture of Karl Robertson [28] from Castlekevin Road who was seriously injured in a hit and run on Hazelwood Drive, Kilmore, Coolock. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

He was rushed to Beaumont Hospital where his condition was described today as critical.

“He is in a very bad way. He has spinal injuries, head injuries and broken limbs. We’re heading back up there now,” said Karl’s aunt Marie Larkin.

“We just want whoever did this to hand themselves in. Please God come forward for everyone’s sake,” she said through tears.

Marie also wanted to thank the off-duty fireman and the second man who stopped to help Karl.

A Renault badge from a Renault Megan Van pictured at Beechlawn Grove where a van which was burnt out after a Hit and run on Hazelwood Drive, Kilmore, Coolock.Picture: Frank Mc Grath
A Renault badge from a Renault Megan Van pictured at Beechlawn Grove where a van which was burnt out after a Hit and run on Hazelwood Drive, Kilmore, Coolock.Picture: Frank Mc Grath

“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 Gardai please come forward,” she said.

Neighbours on Hazelwood Drive where the collision happened said they saw ambulance personnel treating Karl on the road.

“The poor lad. They had a drip and everything going into him before they put him in the ambulance,” said one local woman.

The road was closed to facilitate Garda Forensic Collision Investigators but has since reopened.

Not long after the hit and run a white Renault car van was reported to be in flames in the corner of a park off Beechlawn Grove close to Parnells GAA Club.

A fire tender from Dublin Fire Brigade’s North Strand station extinguished the flames and the vehicle was taken away by gardai for forensic analysis

Dublin Fire Brigade attend a burnt out vehicle found near the scene of the hit and run (Image: DFB)
Dublin Fire Brigade attend a burnt out vehicle found near the scene of the hit and run (Image: DFB)

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information, particularly those who may have observed the white coloured Renault Megane van in the Coolock area prior to or following the collision, most notably the Hazelwood and Beechlawn areas between 9pm and 10.30pm, to contact them at Coolock Garda Station on 01 6664200, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

The vehicle is described as being from the 2003 era.

Gardai are also appealing for the man who stopped at the scene of the collision to help to come forward.

He is not suspected of any involvement in the incident but is a potential witness to what happened.

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