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Jennifer Casey (inset) and the crossing in Darndale where she was struck. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Jennifer Casey (inset) and the crossing in Darndale where she was struck. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Jennifer Casey

Jennifer Casey

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Jennifer Casey (inset) and the crossing in Darndale where she was struck. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

A six-year-old girl who was the victim of a hit-and-run in Dublin before Christmas is to be confined to a wheelchair for at least three months.

Jennifer Casey from Darndale was crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing with her mother Jenny and brother Thomas (8) on the Malahide Road on December 17, when a green Renault van broke the lights and knocked her down.

The first class pupil was thrown onto the bonnet of the van when Jennifer slid off the van onto the road it ran over her, crushing one of her legs.

The little girl underwent emergency surgery to remove a broken bone which was located perilously close to an artery in her leg.

Doctors inserted metal plates in Casey’s leg but she is now in a lot of pain, The Star reports.

“Jennifer is recovering well but she will have to stay in a wheelchair for at least three months,” her mother Jenny Squires told The Star.

“She still doesn’t fully know what happened to her.”

“She can’t go to school because there was bleeding in her liver after the accident and that made her very open to infection.”

“The school are arranging for a home tutor to teach her while she’s out.”

“The main thing she’s upset about is that she can’t play with her friends.”

Jennifer will undergo a second surgery on her leg next month.

Gardai trawled through CCTV footage in the area in to identity the registration number of the van and trace the driver.

Gardai have appealed to anyone with information to phone 01 666 4200.

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