'Hit and run' victim may have lain injured at roadside for hours
A man who was injured in a suspected hit-and-run may have been left for dead on the side of the road for hours before being discovered.
The victim, who has been named locally as Callum 'Cal' Grimes, was found in Loughshinny, north Dublin, by a passer-by at about 8.30am yesterday.
Mr Grimes remains in a serious condition in hospital.
It is understood a bread man found him lying on the road as he was making deliveries and a local nurse helped give him first aid before emergency services arrived.
He had suffered head injuries and was unconscious, but gardai say they do not know how long he may have been lying there.
A local resident reported hearing a bang from the direction of the road outside her home sometime between 1am and 2am, but gardai do not know if the noise was related to the victim’s injuries.
The coast road, which links Skerries and Rush, was closed for some time yesterday so garda forensic collision investigators could carry out an examination of the area.
A pile of blankets and clothing could be seen at the roadside, where the man was found. People living in the immediate vicinity said they had not been aware of the incident until the morning.
“I heard a bang outside sometime between 1am and 2am, and then my husband saw the fire brigade outside at around 8.30am, and now I wonder if the two things are connected,” said one local woman.
Mr Grimes is believed to be from the Rush area and it is understood he was out socialising at a bar in Skerries about 5km away as part of busy St Stephen’s Day festivities.
It is believed he was unable to get a taxi and started walking home along the narrow road that has a posted speed limit of between 60 and 80kmh, which drops to 50kmh at Loughshinny.
Some broken glass and plastic from a car was also found at the scene, leading to initial speculation that the victim may have been hit by a car that failed to stop at the scene.
A man in his 30s presented himself at Balbriggan Garda Station yesterday and has been helping gardai with their enquiries.