Road crash victim hit by off-duty garda

A man who died after being knocked down in the early hours of Sunday morning was hit by an off-duty garda, it was revealed today.

A man who died after being knocked down in the early hours of Sunday morning was hit by an off-duty garda, it was revealed today.

Jack Whelan, 23, was struck on the Clontarf Road in Dublin at around 6.30am.

It is understood the officer was returning home from work and the incident is being treated as a tragic accident.

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) confirmed an investigation has been launched.

A spokesman said: “The matter was referred to GSOC under section 102 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005 as a vehicle involved in the incident was driven by an off-duty Garda member.”

Mr Whelan was one of three men killed in separate road accidents over the Easter weekend.

Earlier on Sunday a 24-year-old man driving a suspected stolen car was killed when it crashed at a roundabout in west Dublin at about 2.20am.

Gardai said the car – believed to have been taken near Johnstown, Co Meath, in February – was not being pursued when it crashed on the Ongar Distribution Road near Blanchardstown.

On Saturday evening 54-year-old Jim Ahearn of Kilrush, Co Clare died when his car struck a tree at Tullabrack, Cooraclar, just after 5pm.

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