Limerick hurling star charged in hit and run

A FORMER two-time All Star Limerick hurler appeared in court yesterday charged in connection with a hit and run last year.

Mark Foley, aged 35, who denies the charges, appeared on foot of a Garda summons after allegedly telling gardaí he knocked down a 24-year-old man on October 16, 2010.

He is charged with four counts under section 106 of the Road Traffic Act including, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, failing to give appropriate information to a garda, and failing to report a road traffic accident.

Gardaí told Newcastle West District Court that the retired former Limerick hurling captain told them that, on the night of the alleged incident he “hit a man” at around 2.30am while driving on the N21.

The court heard Foley, of Abbeyview, Adare, Co Limerick, told gardaí: “I hit a man who was walking on the road. He was just inside the yellow line. I was driving my own car. I went forward 50 yards. I stopped and went back to see if he was okay. I then took him to hospital.”

Garda Brian O’Leary told the court that, at around 3.30am on October 16, 2010, Roxboro Road Garda Station, Limerick, was contacted by the Mid-Western Regional Hospital about two men who had presented there after an accident.

Gda O’Leary agreed with Turlough Herbert, solicitor for Foley, that the accused was found by gardaí in a waiting room in the A&E department of the hospital. He said gardaí had “no difficulty” in finding Mr Foley and that he “wasn’t trying to evade” gardaí.

Gda O’Leary arrested and cautioned Foley at the hospital and brought him to Newcastle West Garda Station.

The injured party, Arturas Grabliauskas, aged 24, originally from Lithuania but living in Rathkeale, Co Limerick, told the court the last thing he remembered was walking into a pub in Newcastle West at around 8pm on October 15, 2010 and waking up in hospital the following day.

Mr Grabliauskas outlined to the court his injuries. “My left hand was broken and my left leg was broken. I was detained in hospital for three days. I received treatment in Croom Hospital for broken bones. I was in the Limerick hospital for one day and two days in Croom.”

Evidence is due to continue in the hearing at Newcastle West District Court next month after the case was adjourned by judge Mary O’Halloran.

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