A man who was out jogging is in a critical condition in hospital this morning after being knocked down in a hit and run on the northside of Dublin city.
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.
The victim is a man in his 20’s who was jogging when he was knocked down on Hazelwood Drive close to the junction with Hazelwood Park at 9.45pm last night.
Gardai say an off-duty fireman and a passerby came to the man’s aid and helped stabilise him until the ambulance arrived.
He was rushed to Beaumont Hospital where his condition was described today as critical.
“He has suffered devastating injuries,” said a source.
Neighbours on Hazelwood Drive said they saw ambulance personnel treating the victim 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
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.