A Cork woman was seriously injured after being catapulted into a drain by a vehicle in a hit-and-run incident.
Today, gardaí are appealing to the driver of the vehicle who hit the woman while she was walking near Carrignavar on Monday night to come forward.
The 21-year-old was walking alone on the Carrignavar to Sixmilewater road, at Gortnalahee between Sixmilewater and Republican Cross at around 8.30pm.
She was hit from behind by a vehicle and flung into a two foot-deep drain.
The young woman suffered serious injuries to both of her legs and was unable to pull herself out of the drain. She started to scream and managed to get the attention of a local resident who went to her aid.
Gardaí said today she was extremely lucky to have been heard.
She was rushed to Cork University Hospital where she underwent surgery yesterday.
Gardaí are waiting to interview her. Superintendent Pat Lehane said today that it is not known what kind of vehicle was involved in the incident. But he said that the driver of the vehicle would have known that the vehicle had hit someone or something.
He said: “We are appealing to the driver to come forward. The impact would have been such that they would have to have known.”
He also appealed to anyone who travelled by vehicle or who was walking in the area at the time, or local residents, to contact gardaí if they saw or heard anything.
He added: “This is an urgent appeal for people to come forward and help.”
Cobh gardaí are investigating and can be contacted at (021) 4908530.