The father of a man killed in a suspected hit-and-run last night said: "I would love to see the person who did this caught."
John Byrne and his wife Cathy were being comforted by family and friends after learning that their son Keith, 35, had been killed just 300m from the family home at Carnalouge, near the village of Louth.
The bricklayer was walking home after socialising in Louth village when it appears he was struck by a vehicle that did not stop. The road is often used by motorists heading for Crossmaglen and other parts of south Armagh.
Garda Supt Ray Brennan confirmed the death is being treated “as a suspected hit-and-run and we are liaising with the PSNI”.
“We would like anybody who used this road from 4.15am yesterday [Sunday] to 4.45am to contact the incident room at Ardee Garda Station.”
Last night John Byrne said: “I would love to see the person who did this caught, to see who would do such an act and drive away, caught.”
Meanwhile, gardaí in Carlow are investigating a crash which killed a woman in her 70s near Bagenalstown yesterday afternoon. She was a passenger in a car that was in collision with a 4x4 at Kilcarrig. The driver of the car, in her early 70s, received serious injuries. The victim was a tourist.
Separately a man has been charged in connection with a single vehicle crash which led to the death of a 23-year-old man at about 4am yesterday near Carnew, Wicklow.
The 20-year-old man was brought before Bray District Court.
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