THE family of a “wonderful” young man killed in a hit-and-run have made an impassioned appeal to the driver to give themselves up.
Keith Byrne was walking towards his parents’ house yesterday morning after a night out with his brother in Louth village when he was struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.
The 35-year-old’s body was found by a passer-by at the roadside at Carnalogue at around 4.40am.
“He had called one of his brothers minutes before it happened. I don’t know if Keith made the call, but he was definitely in phone contact with one of the boys at around 4.30am,” his sister Niamh Hoey said last night.
“It happened minutes after that call, we don’t know exactly.
“Keith lived with our parents and could have seen the house from where it happened - it’s 50 yards away, if even that.”
She recalled how Keith was in “great form” before he left his parents’ home at approximately 9pm on Saturday night to meet with his brother in a local pub in Louth village.
“I don’t think he went to a nightclub afterwards - and I presume he was on his way home at the time.
“The whole family are just devastated and so shocked by what’s happened. We would also like to appeal to the person responsible to do the right thing and hand themselves in,” Ms Hoey said.
“This is bad enough as it is - to think somebody would do that.”
Separately, a 23-year-old man was killed when the car he was travelling in as a passenger crashed into a wall.
The single-vehicle crash occurred at around 4am at Croneyhorn in Co Wicklow while an elderly passenger in her mid-70s was killed when the car in which she was travelling in collided with a jeep at Bagenalstown, Co Carlow.