A six-year-old girl is in a serious condition in hospital today after a horror hit-and-run at a pedestrian crossing in Darndale.
Jennifer Casey was thrown into the air by a van and landed on the bonnet as the vehicle drove away.
She then fell from the front of the vehicle after around ten metres and garda sources say she was run over by the van, suffering horrific leg injuries.
“She has a badly broken leg and some internal injuries to her organs, as well as cuts and bruises to her head,” Jennifer’s distraught dad Thomas Casey told the Herald today.
“Her mammy is with her in the hospital while I mind the other kids here and get them ready for school.
“As far as I know the gardai are still looking for the van but the driver hasn’t been found yet. We’ll know more later,” Thomas explained.
Jennifer had been walking with her mother Jennifer Squires (28) when she was struck by the van on the Malahide Road not far from the Clare Hall Shopping Centre.
They had been crossing the road at around 7.45pm yesterday evening and sources say that they had the green pedestrian light in their favour when a dark coloured van ploughed into the young girl.
She was thrown in the air with the impact, and then landed on the moving van.
It continued in the direction of the city centre and when Jennifer slid off the van onto the road it ran over her, crushing one of her legs.
Jenny Squires ran to help her stricken daughter as other motorists stopped to help, but the van involved in the collision failed to stop.
An ambulance was called and paramedics gave young Jennifer treatment at the scene before rushing her to Temple Street hospital.
Gardai have begun detailed analysis of CCTV footage in the area in a bid to identity the registration number of the van, and trace the driver involved.
The van is believed to be a Renault Kangoo model, and was possibly green in colour.
The section where the hit-and-run took place is on a dual-carriageway, with a different set of pedestrian lights in operation on each side.
Mothers using the crossing this morning were horrified that a driver could leave a scene after knocking down a child.
Gardai sources said the driver would have to have known they had hit little Jennifer because she was on the bonnet afterwards.
They have asked anybody with any information to phone Coolock gardai at 01 6664200 or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.