Man killed after stolen taxi crashes in Dublin

Victim was passenger in vehicle that hit a pole near St James’s Street at 8.45am

The crashed taxi on James’s Street, Dublin this morning. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The crashed taxi on James’s Street, Dublin this morning. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sun, Jun 8, 2014, 13:24

­ Gardaí in Dublin have said they are investigating all the circumstances surrounding a fatal road crash involving a stolen taxi in the south city early this morning.

A man in his mid 20s received fatal injuries when the vehicle in which he was a passenger hit a pole at St James’s Street/Mount Brown at about 8.45am.

He was taken to Saint James’s Hospital nearby, where he was later pronounced dead, a Garda spokesman said.

The State pathologist’s office has been notified and a postmortem is to be carried out.

Investigating gardaí­ arrested a man in his mid 20s and he is currently detained at Kilmainham Garda station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

The Garda spokesman said the vehicle involved was the subject of an unauthorised taking in the Dublin 8 area a short time prior to the crash.

“ The vehicle was not being pursued at the time of the collision. No other persons were seriously injured during the incidentm,” he said.

Gardaí­ are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Kilmainham Garda station on (01) 6667900, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda station.