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Two people in serious condition after separate hit-and-run incidents within hours of each other over Bank Holiday


Beaumont Hospital

Beaumont Hospital

Beaumont Hospital

TWO people remain in a serious condition in hospital following separate hit-and-runs over the Bank Holiday weekend.

One incident left a mother-of-one in her 20s with several suspected broken bones after she was struck by a scrambler in north Dublin on Sunday night.

Just hours earlier, on the opposite side of the country, a man in his 40s was seriously injured after being hit by a car near Salthill in Galway.

Both victims last night remained in hospital as gardaí launched investigations to identify the two drivers involved.

The first incident happened at around 8.30pm when a man walking near Furbo church on the R336 between Furbo and Spiddal was struck by a car.

Gardaí were alerted but when they arrived the driver of the vehicle had already left the scene.

The pedestrian was taken by ambulance to NUIG Hospital Galway where he is being treated for serious injuries.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time, particularly those with dash-cam footage, to contact gardaí in Salthill

Less than three hours later a female pedestrian was struck by a scrambler motorbike on the Priorswood Road in Dublin 17.

The incident happened at around 11.15pm and the driver of the off-road bike failed to remain at the scene.

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It’s understood that the woman, aged in her 20s and living in the locality, suffered serious injuries including a number of broken bones.

She was brought to Beaumont Hospital where there were grave concerns about her health and she remains in a serious condition.

Sources also said the driver of the scrambler was seen fleeing the crash site on foot with “clearly visible injuries”.

The road remained closed on Monday to facilitate an examination of the scene by Forensic Collision Investigators..

Gardaí said they are appealing for anyone who was travelling near the Priorstown Road between 11pm and 11.20pm on Sunday night to contact gardaí in Coolock.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Daryl Barron said: “Thoughts are with the young woman that was seriously injured (on Sunday) night on Priorswood Road.

“Another serious incident with a scrambler on our street in Dublin.”

The scene of the crash is just a short distance from where a man suffered life-altering injuries after being struck by a scrambler.

Ilabek Avetian was sunbathing in the nearby Darndale Park with his wife in 2018 when he was struck by the off-road bike.

He lost an eye while also suffering severe brain injuries, while the teenaged rider of the bike was not prosecuted and instead was referred to the Garda Youth Diversion Programme.

New laws to tackle scramblers and quad bikes are due to be brought before the Dáil in the coming weeks.

The legislation will make it an offence to drive scramblers in public places such as parks and beaches, and will come in under the Road Traffic and Roads Bill 2021.

In recent months gardaí have also begun cracking down on scramblers, which are illegal to drive on public roads without tax and insurance.

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