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Bank Holiday Hell Man (40s) and young mum (20s) seriously injured in separate hit-and-runs

One incident left a mother-of-one aged in her 20s with several suspected broken bones after she was hit by a scrambler in north Dublin on Sunday night.

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TWO people remain in a serious condition in hospital following separate hit-and-runs over the bank holiday weekend.

One incident left a mother-of-one aged in her 20s with several suspected broken bones after she was hit by a scrambler in north Dublin on Sunday night.

Just hours earlier, on the opposite side of the country, a man in his 40s was seriously injured after being hit by a car near Salthill, Co Galway.

Both victims last night remained in hospital as gardaí launched investigations to identify the two drivers involved.

The first incident happened at around 8.30pm on Sunday when a man walking near Furbo church on the R336 between Furbo and Spiddal was hit by a car.

Gardaí were alerted, but when they arrived the driver had already left the scene.

The pedestrian was taken by ambulance to NUIG Hospital Galway where he is being treated for serious injuries.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time, particularly those with dash-cam footage, to contact gardaí in Salthill.

Less than three hours later, a female pedestrian was hit by a scrambler on the Priorswood Road in Dublin 17.

The incident happened at around 11.15pm and the driver of the off-road bike fled the scene.

It is understood that the woman, who lives in the locality, suffered serious injuries including a number of broken bones.

She was brought to Beaumont Hospital where there were grave concerns about her health and she remains in a serious condition.

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Sources also said the driver of the scrambler was seen fleeing the crash site with "clearly visible injuries".

The road remained closed yesterday to facilitate an examination of the scene by forensic collision investigators.

Gardaí said they are appealing for anyone who was travelling near the Priorstown Road between 11pm and 11.20pm on Sunday to contact gardaí in Coolock.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Daryl Barron said: "Thoughts are with the young woman that was seriously injured (on Sunday) night on Priorswood Road.

"Another serious incident with a scrambler on our street in Dublin."

The scene of the crash is just a short distance from where a man suffered life-altering injuries after being hit by a scrambler in 2018.

Ilabek Avetian was sunbathing in Darndale Park with his wife when he was hit by an off-road bike.

Mr Avetian lost an eye and also suffered severe brain injuries.

The teenager was not prosecuted and instead was referred to the Garda Youth Diversion Programme.

New laws to tackle scramblers and quad bikes are due to be brought before the Dáil in the coming weeks.

The legislation will make it an offence to drive scramblers in public places such as parks and beaches.

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