Father-of-three Ian sustained fatal injuries after being run over by his own vehicle after he tried to stop his car being stolen in Dublin
Ian McDonnell (50), who was the Dublin manager of Ozone Cars on the Robinhood Road in Clondalkin, was run over when he tried to stop at least one man stealing his car near the premises last Sunday.
Gardaí are understood to have identified a chief suspect in the case.
The father-of-three sustained critical injuries in the incident before the thief sped away from the scene.
Mr McDonnell Mr McDonnell's family made the difficult decision to allow doctors to turn off his life support at Tallaght Hospital on Friday night.
Mr McDonnell was originally from Roscommon but lived in Lucan in Dublin. He is survived by his wife Monica and children Clodagh, Gareth and Aoife.
Mr McDonnell's car was recovered by Gardaí on Friday and a second car, believed to have been linked to the crime, was discovered burnt out on Tuesday.
A Garda spokesman said Mr McDonnell was found lying on the Robinhood Road with serious injuries around 6.15pm last Sunday.
"Investigations have established that Mr McDonnell had attended his business premises, locally, a short time earlier.
"While present he intervened to prevent the theft of his car, a grey coloured Volkswagen Passat, registration number 161 OY 1861. In doing so he was carried on the bonnet of his vehicle, a distance, to where he was discovered."
He was rushed to Tallaght University Hospital in a serious condition and passed away on Friday evening.
Gardaí say family liaison officer has been appointed to Ian's family and extended their sympathies to Mr McDonnell's family and friends at this time. A post-mortem was carried out yesterday.
"Significant progress has been made to date in the investigation including interviewing of witnesses, door-to-door enquiries and harvesting of CCTV images.
"The grey-coloured Volkswagen Passat, registration number 161 OY 1861, which left the scene and was located on Limekiln Green, Greenhills, Dublin 12, on Friday, January 28. This vehicle has been recovered to be forensically examined.
"A second vehicle involved in the incident, a silver-coloured Toyota Aqua, registration number 152 D 32687, which was stolen in Crumlin on the afternoon of Sunday, January 23 and was located burnt out in Ballinascorney, Tallaght on Tuesday, January 25. This vehicle has been recovered to be forensically examined."
Gardaí have appealed for anyone who may have been in the Robinhood Road area of Clondalkin on the evening of Sunday, January 23 between 5.30pm and 7pm and who may have witnessed any activity which drew their attention or who may have any video dash cam footage.
"The grey-coloured Volkswagen Passat 161 OY 1861 stolen at the incident on the 23rd January 2022 has been recovered on Limekiln Green, Greenhills, Dublin 12, on Friday 28th January. Where was that vehicle between Sunday, January 23 and Friday, January 28?
"The silver-coloured Toyota Aqua was stolen in Crumlin on the afternoon of Sunday, January 23 and was located burnt out in Ballinascorney, Tallaght on Tuesday, January 25. Where was that vehicle between Sunday, January 23 and Tuesday, January 25?"
Gardaí are looking for any information on where either car was parked at any location, and if either vehicle was seen in any petrol station or at any other location over those days.
Investigating gardaí are also seeking assistance from anyone who may have seen either of the cars in the vicinity of Ballymount, Walkinstown, Tallaght, Kylemore Road, or Ballyfermot between 6.30pm and 9pm on Sunday night, January 23.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Clondalkin Garda Station at (01) 6667600, the Garda Confidential Line on5 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.