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Young man dies in hospital one week after being seriously injured in Kildare car crash

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Young man dies in hospital one week after being seriously injured in Kildare car crash

A young man has died in hospital a week after he was seriously injured in a car crash in Kildare.

The 21-year-old, named locally as Dara Cottuli, was a back seat passenger in a car that crashed on the Kilteel Road at Old Miltown on the night of November 28.

He had been taken to Beaumont hospital in Dublin with serious injuries where he passed away on Friday evening.

The driver and front passenger, who are both aged 24, were also injured in the incident, but have since been released from hospital.

Gardaí in Naas renewed their appeal for witnesses to the crash to contact them at 045 884300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Meanwhile, a popular Garda who was killed in a car crash last week was laid to rest yesterday.

David Bolger was buried in Gorey, Co Wexford, following mass at St Michael’s Church.

The dad of three, who was in his 30s, died in a single-vehicle collision in nearby Wells at around 11.40pm on Wednesday.

Devastated locals paid tribute to the respected officer who was stationed in Co Wicklow.

“David was an absolute gentleman,” Councillor Daire Nolan said. “Newtownmountkennedy will certainly miss him.

“He was great with everyone in the town, he had a great way with the young lads and he was always very obliging.”

A keen football player Mr Bolder was originally from Ashwood Grove in Gorey although he was living in Silverdale, Kilmuckridge.

He was a keen a football player and his parents PJ and Marie were yesterday being supported by family.

And in Dublin, gardaí have issued an appeal for information on a driver who was involved in a hit and run incident.

The driver who is said to be approximately 6ft tall, skinny and with blonde hair, got out of the vehicle and briefly spoke to the victim, a 16-year-old girl who was badly injured in the incident.

She was left with a broken pelvis, a sprained leg and torn ligaments in her back after she was hit by a jeep on Monday night in South Dublin.

However, she will have no long-lasting injuries as a result of the collision that happened in Carrickmines on the Glenamuck road at about  10 o’clock.

The 16-year-old was crossing the road when she was struck by a silver or grey 04 LH registration Jeep, possibly a Land Rover or Range Rover.

Gardaí say the driver - who has a brightly coloured neck tattoo, and is believed to be in his mid-30s - stopped and got out of the vehicle briefly and spoke to the girl before getting back in and driving off towards Cornelscourt.

The driver is said to be approximately 6ft tall, skinny and with blonde hair.

Any witnesses to the incident or anybody who may have information is being asked to contact Cabinteely Garda Station on 01-666-5400, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800-666-111, or any Garda station.