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Mother-of-one fighting for her life after hit-and-run

Siobhan Geraghty
Siobhan Geraghty

A mother-of-one is fighting for her life after being knocked down in a suspected hit-and-run in Clonsilla, Dublin.

Siobhan Geraghty (35) took a taxi to her home at the Lohunda Dale estate in Clonsilla from Harcourt Street at around 3.40am on Sunday.

But Ms Geraghty never made it to her door after she was hit by a car that failed to stop at the scene.

Neighbours reported hearing 'a thud' and then a car speeding from the scene.

They discovered Siobhan lying unconscious on the road.

The primary school teacher was rushed to Connolly Hospital and later transferred to Beaumont Hospital, where her condition is described as critical.

"Siobhan has had surgery to reduce the swelling and pressure on her brain, and the doctors said the first 48 hours are critical.

She had three separate injuries to her head and the one causing the most concern was at the back of her skull," Siobhan's brother Senan told the Irish Independent.

"That bang caused her brain to be pushed forward and now the doctors have had to remove the front of her skull to reduce the pressure on the frontal lobes of her brain.

 It's hard to look at her now but she's in the best place she can be, and if the doctors didn't operate, her injuries could have been fatal."

Gardaí are anxious to trace the taxi driver to see if he witnessed anything or can help piece together Siobhan's movements immediately before the incident.

The road where Siobhan was found is a quiet road within an estate, and there would not have been any traffic at that time.

"Siobhan is a teacher and she had been out with colleagues and friends at the Black Door on Harcourt Street and she and a friend had got a taxi together," Senan said.

"At some stage on the journey they stopped at an ATM before the taxi dropped Siobhan's friend off at her house and then drove to Lohunda, so the gardaí are trying to find CCTV images from Harcourt Street and the ATM location to see if they can gain any information from them.

"There was no lamp glass or anything on the road where Siobhan was found, but gardaí know the chances are she was run over by a car because her phone and belongings were scattered across the road and an aerosol can in her bag had been squashed."

Senan added: "From what gardaí told us they think Siobhan was dropped off by a taxi.

"Not long afterwards, neighbours said they heard a bang and a screech of wheels, but when they looked out the car was gone and Siobhan was lying on the road. We are appealing for the driver of the car to come forward, or for anyone who knows anything about what happened to Siobhan. This may have been an accident and the driver panicked, but we need that driver to come forward."

Senan said Siobhan's 17-year-old son David was distraught, as were her parents Liam and Margaret, and brother Sean.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Blanchardstown garda station on 01 6667000 or The Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.