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WITNESS APPEAL Appeal after body is found on roadside in Co Meath

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Fatal incident: Moldovan, 29, had recently moved to Ireland

Fatal incident: Moldovan, 29, had recently moved to Ireland

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Fatal incident: Moldovan, 29, had recently moved to Ireland

A local councillor in Slane, Co Meath, has appealed for anyone with information about the death of a young Moldovan man, whose body was found at the side of the road in a suspected hit-and-run, to approach the gardai.

Gardaí in Navan issued a public appeal for witnesses to come forward yesterday after the 29-year-old, who was travelling on an e-scooter, was found on the N51 in Harmanstown at around 2.50am by gardai investigating reports of an unconscious man lying on the road.

He was treated by ambulance services at the scene but was later pronounced dead.

It is understood that the man had been travelling on an electric scooter from the Slane direction.

Officers said they are investigating the death of a scooter user in "unexplained circumstances".

A spokesman said: "Gardaí are investigating following the discovery of a body in unexplained circumstances on the N51 in Harmanstown, Slane, Co. Meath, in the early hours of Saturday, September 26.

"Gardaí attended the scene at approximately 2.50am following reports of an unconscious man lying on the road.

"The man who was travelling on an electric scooter from the direction of Slane, was treated by ambulance services but was later pronounced dead.

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"At this time, An Garda Síochána are treating this incident as a possible road traffic collision.

"Gardaí at Navan are appealing for any witnesses or for anyone with information to come forward."

It is understood that the victim had only been in Ireland a few months and was due to get married to his fiancee who is back in Moldova.

Local Fianna Fail Cllr Wayne Harding said it was devastating for the young man's family as well as his colleagues at a nearby take away where he had worked.

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"It's an absolute tragedy and I would encourage anyone with any information to come forward," he said.

The road remained closed yesterday ahead of a technical examination as gardaí appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

They are particularly interested in talking to drivers who were in the area between 1.30am and 3am.

They are also appealing for any road users who may have camera footage - including dash-cam footage - who were travelling on the N51 in Harmanstown between about 1.30am and 3am to make it available to gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room at Navan Garda Station on 046 907 9930, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.