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Second tragedy Dad of tragic hit-and-run victim Ann Bathe is 'heartbroken again'

Mr Enright spoke lovingly of his daughter, and revealed she is the second of his four children to die.

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Ann Bathe who was the victim of a suspected hit and run in Newbridge

Ann Bathe who was the victim of a suspected hit and run in Newbridge

Ann Bathe who was the victim of a suspected hit and run in Newbridge

A man has been arrested in connection with the suspected hit-and-run death of mother-of-two Ann Bathe.

Ms Bathe (48) was found seriously injured on a section of Thomas Street in Newbridge, Co Kildare, at around 8pm on Monday.

A car was seized last night as part of the garda inquiry and will be technically examined.

The man, aged in his mid-50s, was arrested in Newbridge at around 3.30pm yesterday in relation to the investigation.

He is currently being held at Kildare garda station, where he can be questioned for up to 24 hours.

The man is originally from Eastern Europe but has been living in the area for some time.

It is understood he has not previously come to garda attention.

Ms Bathe's heartbroken father, Christy Enright, had earlier appealed for whoever was involved to go to gardaí.

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Gardai at the scene of a suspected fatal hit and run

Gardai at the scene of a suspected fatal hit and run

Gardai at the scene of a suspected fatal hit and run

The person who found her raised the alarm and she was rushed to Naas General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Ms Bathe was well-known in Newbridge and may have been making her way home when she was struck.

The mother of two grown-up sons was originally from the town of Kilcullen in Co Kildare.

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Her father appealed for the driver of the vehicle to come forward to gardaí.

"Whoever it was, if they have any conscience they should go to gardaí and explain what happened," he said.

"I don't know how they can sleep."

Mr Enright spoke lovingly of his daughter, and revealed she is the second of his four children to die.

"We lost another daughter, Susan, many years ago," he said.

"She had a rare illness and was buried in her communion dress. My wife Patricia died seven years ago.

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Gardai at the scene of the tragedy

Gardai at the scene of the tragedy

Gardai at the scene of the tragedy

"My heart is broken again. I was only talking to Ann on the phone last week.

"We share the same birthday, November 2, and she rang to wish me a happy birthday.

"When we were saying goodbye, I told her to mind herself. Ann was a birthday present from Patricia the day she was born."

Mr Enright said Ms Bathe had faced a serious illness in the form of a brain haemorrhage in 2002.

"She ended up in Beaumont Hospital with that. It was a very difficult time for us all, and it changed Ann's personality but she remained thoughtful. She was a great girl," he said.

"The first I knew something had happened was when my son-in-law came to the house.

"I don't know what happened exactly. They say it was a hit-and-run.

"I suppose we will have to wait for the results of the post-mortem for more details."

Sitting in his living room, Mr Enright pointed out the photo of his daughter on her wedding day.

"God bless them all, that's all I can say. Patricia is looking after the two of them now," he said.

Neighbours and friends in the tight-knit Kilcullen community were comforting Mr Enright as he awaited further updates.

Gardaí appealed for witnesses and said they believe Ms Bathe was hit by a car at the junction of Thomas Street and Main Street, which is generally dark.

Gardaí sealed off the scene after the alarm was raised, and members of the Garda Technical Bureau carried out a forensic examination yesterday.

It is understood Ms Bathe suffered serious leg and other injuries in the incident.

The emergency services carried out CPR at the scene and rushed her to hospital, but she could not be saved.

The local coroner was notified and a post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out today.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who has with dash cam footage from the time it happened, is asked to contact gardaí at Newbridge Garda Station on 045 431212 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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