Gardaí release detail of hit-and-run vehicle

Gardaí investigating a fatal hit-and-run in Co Kerry are closing in on the driver after identifying the exact type of vehicle involved.

They appealed last night for anyone with information about a charcoal grey Toyota Land Cruiser, with a registration year between 2002 and 2010 and with unexplained damage to the front right side, to contact them.

They also renewed their appeal for the driver of the vehicle involved in last Sunday’s incident to come forward. “We are very anxious to speak to the driver of the vehicle,” said Insp Gerry Lacey.

“If this is a person who left the scene in a panic, then it is still not too late for them to come forward to us.”

Father of four Paud O’Leary, 42, died after being knocked down as he cycled from Killarney to Gneeveguilla between 8am and 10am on Sunday, in the townland of Scrahanfadda.

From Leamyglissane, Gneeveguilla, Mr O’Leary was from a well-known family with strong GAA connections. He played with Gneeveguilla and was trainer of the Gneeveguilla/Rathmore ladies team.

He was in training for this weekend’s Ring of Kerry charity cycle.

Insp Lacey said detectives belive the vehicle involved would have sustained damage to the front right-hand side, with damage visible to its bumper, lights, or right wing.

He appealed for anyone who saw such a vehicle on the road from Killarney to Gneeveguilla in the early hours of last Sunday or people in the motor trade who may have been approached for parts or repairs on such a vehicle in recent days, to contact Kanturk Garda Station on 029 20680.

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