Boy, 3, fights for his life after being dragged by car

A three-year-old boy was fighting for his life in a Dublin hospital last night after being struck by a car in West Cork.

Boy, 3, fights for his life after being dragged by car

The incident happened at Lislevane near the Barryroe Co-Op at about 6.30pm.

It is understood that after he was struck, the little boy, who is Hungarian, but whose family have been living in Courtmacsherry for some time, was dragged for a short distance by the car, a Volkswagen Golf.

It is believed the child had been playing with two other children when the accident occurred. His parents were close by and rushed to his aid.

Emergency services were on scene quickly and the boy was rushed by ambulance on a three-mile journey to Barryroe GAA’s pitch where the club were training.

The pitch was cleared so an air ambulance could land. The child was then flown to Temple Street Hospital.

It is understood that before the helicopter left, the child was put in an induced coma. He had suffered abdominal and head injuries and had internal bleeding.

His mother travelled to the Dublin hospital by road to be at her son’s side.

The female driver of the car, who is also understood to be living in Courtmacsherry, was deeply shocked but was unharmed.

The road was closed for some time to facilitate a forensic collision examination. Officers also visited properties to gather information about the accident.

- Gardaí appealed for any witnesses to contact Bandon Garda Station on 023 8852200.

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