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Man charged over Limerick hit and run which has left scooter driver fighting for his life in hospital

Man charged over Limerick hit and run, which has left the scooter driver fighting for his life in hospital.

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A MAN has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving, causing serious bodily harm to a scooter driver, who was fighting for his life in the hospital following a hit and run collision after being struck by a car allegedly driven by the accused.

 Shane O’Donnell, aged 23, with an address at Clarina Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, appeared before Limerick District Court today, charged with two offenses following the serious road collision last Monday.

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 A GSOC investigation runs in tandem and independent of a garda investigation into the matter. As gardai had interacted with the car, the accused allegedly drove shortly before it struck the man on the scooter.

 The collision occurred at a pedestrian crossing around 11.20 pm last Monday.

 Mr. O’Donnell is charged that, on March 8th, 2021, at St Nessans Road, Raheen, Limerick, he drove a 05 DL registered car in a dangerous manner, causing serious bodily harm to Daniel Hennigar.

 The accused was also charged that, on the same date, at the same location, he did leave the scene of the collision without offering Mr. Hennigar assistance and that he did so intending to escape detection knowing that Mr. Hennigar had suffered an injury requiring medical assistance.

 Mr. Hennigar remains in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital Limerick. 

 Garda Pat Melody gave evidence he arrested Mr. O’Donnell on March 10th at 4.58 pm at Roxboro Road garda station.

 He said that when he charged Mr. O’Donnell at 5.50 pm, the accused “had nothing to say.”

 Sergeant Michelle Leahy said a garda file on the matter is to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and that the State was “awaiting directions” in the case.

 Sergeant Leahy told the court gardai were objecting to Mr. O’Donnell applying for bail.

 Mr. O’Donnell’s solicitor Sarah Ryan said the accused was not making a bail application.

 Judge Patricia Harney remanded Mr. O’Donnell in custody to appear via video link before Limerick District Court on March 16th.


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