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Garda raid in hunt for driver who hit boy (12)

GARDAI raided a number of premises in Cork in the hunt for a BMW driver involved in a hit-and-run that left a young boy seriously injured by the roadside.

Pardilian Harna (12) suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries in the accident at 10pm in Blackpool on Wednesday night.

The boy was crossing the road with some friends when he was struck by a silver BMW saloon that immediately sped off towards the city centre.


Witnesses told gardai that the vehicle, which was several years old, had four or five passengers.

It was also reported to have a yellow licence plate.

Debris from the car, including a broken door mirror, was left at the scene.

Pedestrians ran to help the boy who had collapsed on to the road.

He was rushed by paramedics to Mercy University Hospital (MUH) where he was treated for multiple injuries including suspected fractures.

His family were maintaining a vigil at his bedside.

Blackpool Action Support Group official Bill Dunlea said everyone in the area is shocked by the accident.

"The family are a lovely and very tight-knit family who are highly regarded within the community," he said.

Gardai immediately closed off the road involved and began a detailed examination of the scene.

CCTV footage from a number of premises in the area will be studied.

Gardai hope this will confirm the make and registration of the car.

A number of raids were conducted on premises in the Cork area as officers searched for the motorist involved. However, no arrests were made.

Gardai have appealed to any-one who may have seen the incident or the vehicle leaving the scene at speed to contact either Mayfield station or the Garda Confidential Line.

Detectives also appealed to the driver of the car to contact them.