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Manhunt as thieves kill OAP in hit-and-run

GARDAI were this evening hunting for two criminals who stole a car which then crashed into another vehicle, killing the 81-year-old driver.

The horror smash took place around 3km south of the village of Ferns, Co Wexford, at around 10.30pm last night. Moments before this, the suspects drove away from a service station without paying for fuel.

After the crash, the two occupants of the Volvo S60, which had been stolen from the Wicklow town area, fled the scene and ran through nearby fields.


The suspects entered a farmyard and stole a Red Volkswagen Passat which sources have revealed has a partial registration of 98G.

The pensioner who lost his life in the crash was named locally today as James Brennan (81) from the Cherry Orchard area of Enniscorthy.

Sources described the scene of the crash as being an "absolutely horrendous sight".

A woman, aged in her 50s and a passenger in Mr Brennan's Toyota Corolla, was brought to Wexford General Hospital where she was being treated for serious injuries today.

Enniscorthy priest Fr Billy Swan said he was very saddened to learn of the tragedy.

"When there is badness, evil, and wrongdoing, it never ends up well. It is always others who suffer," Fr Swan said.

"The prayers of the community go out to the man's family."

Gardai are probing whether the suspects involved in the crash had travelled to the south east yesterday from Dublin to take part in burglaries or other crimes.

Sources have revealed that gardai have obtained "good quality CCTV" of the men from a service station in Arklow, Co Wicklow.

The criminals drove away from the station without paying for fuel shortly after they stole the Volvo in Wicklow.

Officers from Arklow passed on the CCTV to their colleagues in Wexford this morning as the manhunt for the suspects intensified.

It is understood that gardai have "a very good idea" of who the criminals are.