A FAMILY of four fled the scene of a road traffic accident in Co Clare yesterday leaving a young woman motorist injured.
The two adults and two children were travelling in a red Ford Focus which ploughed into the back of a silver Nissan Micra at the Skehanagh roundabout, a busy junction on the N85 Ennis ring road. Both cars had left the M18 motorway and were travelling towards Ennis when the collision occurred. The two cars were sent spinning out of control after the impact with the Micra coming to a stop 30 metres away facing in the opposite direction.
Eye witnesses said the red car appeared to enter the roundabout too quickly and smashed into the back of the Nissan.
Immediately after the crash, the male driver of the Ford car jumped from his vehicle and asked another motorist to call an ambulance. The man then flagged down another car and asked the driver to take him and his family to hospital in Ennis. The motorist, believed to be Polish and with little English, left his two passengers on the roadside while he drove the family to Ennis. After returning to the scene he informed gardaí that he had dropped the family in Ennis but not at Ennis hospital.
Meanwhile, the unsuspecting female driver of the Micra, who was only slightly injured but said to be shaken, was assessed at the scene before being taken by ambulance to Ennis General Hospital for treatment.
Gardaí at Ennis are investigating the incident and continuing their search for the family.