Man dies after suspected hit-and-run in Dublin

A MAN died in hospital in Dublin yesterday after suffering serious injuries in a suspected hit-and-run incident in Lucan.

And the death of a man in Louth over the weekend brought the number of people killed on Irish roads since the beginning of the year to 55.

Gardaí are investigating the hit-and-run incident, which occurred at Main Street in Lucan at about 5am. A man in his 20s was removed to the Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, with serious injuries and was pronounced dead at 7.30am. He is understood to have been a pedestrian who was struck by a car which failed to stop.

The scene in Lucan was sealed off to allow a technical examination to be carried out and the centre of Lucan village was closed off for several hours. A vehicle was also seized for technical examination.

A post-mortem examination to establish the cause of death was performed by state pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy.

Anyone who may have witnessed the road collision is asked to contact the gardaí in Lucan on 01-6667300.

The man’s identity wasn’t being released until all relatives had been informed by gardaí.

Meanwhile, a lorry driver was killed on Saturday when his vehicle went out of control near Dundalk in County Louth.

The deceased was 48-year-old Michael Kelly from Grange Drive, Muirhevnamore, Dundalk. The fatal accident occurred on the R173 at Ballymascanlon — on the main Dundalk to Carlingford road — atat about 7.45am on Saturday.

Mr Kelly was the driver and sole occupant of a lorry which went out of control.

After emergency services arrived at the scene, the deceased was removed to Louth County Hospital.

The road was closed for some time immediately after the accident and diversions put in place.

Witnesses to this collision are asked to contact gardaí at Dundalk on 042-9388400, the garda confidential line on 1800-666111 or any garda station.

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