Chilling footage of high-speed crash with Garda car that left man seriously injured emerges
Video footage has appeared online of the moment when a motorcyclist collided with a Garda car in Dublin on Christmas Day.
The clip, stills of which we publish below, shows the Garda car travelling towards the junction of Buckingham Street and Sean MacDermott Street when the motorbike, ridden by Evan Molloy, strikes the passenger side of the patrol car at high-speed.
Molloy flies over the bonnet of the patrol car, which then crashes into a bollard.
Molloy was seriously injured in the crash and remains in a critical condition in Beaumont Hospital.
There had been rumours that the collision happened after a chase but this footage refutes those suggestions.
The Garda car approaches the junction
The Garda car enters the junction
The motorbike appears on the right of the screen
The bike just before it strikes the side of the car
GSOC are investigating the incident on a night where there were multiple incidents in the area.
A number of vehicles, including cars and motorbikes, were burnt out and the remains could be seen smouldering on nearby Railway Road.
Two separate collisions involving an SUV and a car were also reported and a number of bins in the area were set on fire.
According to one witness, members of the fire brigade "came under attack" as people streamed on to the streets.
It is understood gardaí in other city centre stations were put on standby to support colleagues, but were not drafted in.
The garda car at the scene after the incident
A GSOC spokesperson has said a team of investigators has attended the scene and that an investigation to establish the circumstances of the collision is being undertaken.
"A motorbike and a Garda patrol car collided, resulting in serious damage to both vehicles and what appears to be serious injury to the driver of the motorbike," it said in a statement.
"A forensic collision examination has been undertaken.
"The incident was referred by the Garda Síochána to GSOC under section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, which is normal procedure when a death or serious harm has occurred and there has been Garda contact.
"GSOC is appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or who has information which may assist the investigation, to contact them on 1890 600 800."