Man arrested after garda’s wife seriously injured in hit and run

A file is being prepared for the DPP after a garda’s wife was seriously injured in a hit and run in Co Cork.

Gardaí arrested a man in his 30s and seized his car for forensic examination after the 52-year-old woman was knocked down near Cobh at around 8.30am on Sunday.

She was walking at Ballynoe Hill, on the northern outskirts of the town, when she was struck by a car that failed to stop at the scene.

The woman was rushed to Cork University Hospital where she is being treated for a number of serious injuries.

Gardaí sealed off the area and began a search for the hit-and-run driver. Late on Sunday night, they arrested a man who is living locally and brought him to Cobh Garda Station for questioning.

The man was released shortly before midnight and a garda spokesman confirmed that a file is now being prepared for the DPP.

The spokesman said that anybody who had witnessed the incident, but had yet to come forward, should contact Cobh Garda Station at 021 4908530.

Meanwhile, gardaí in Cork City are still searching for the driver of a white Transit-type van who fled the scene of another hit and run which claimed the life of a Frenchman.

Gabriel Jean Lege, 25, was pronounced dead at CUH shortly after he was knocked down by the van on George’s Quay at 9.30pm on Halloween night.

Gardaí have examined a number of vehicles as part of their investigation, but as yet no arrests have been made in relation to the death of the man who worked for Apple Computers in Hollyhill.

Witnesses told gardaí Mr Lege was struck by a white van which had distinctive green or blue-coloured signage on its side, directly over its rear wheels.

Arrangements are being made with Mr Lege’s family to fly him back for burial in his home town of Olonne-sur-Mer, which is on the Atlantic coast in the Loire region.

Superintendent Barry McPolin said gardaí were still appealing for the driver to come forward.

He is described as being a man in his 30s or 40s.

Witnesses said there was also a male passenger in the van.

* Anybody with information is asked to contact Anglesea Street Garda Station at 021 4522000.


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