Man held over Clontarf hit-and-run released without charge

Man in his 20s arrested on Tuesday following death of cyclist in Clontarf last week

A 62-year-old cyclist was seriously injured after he was struck by a car at about 6.30pm on Tuesday last week at the junction between the Clontarf Road and Howth Road in north Dublin.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A 62-year-old cyclist was seriously injured after he was struck by a car at about 6.30pm on Tuesday last week at the junction between the Clontarf Road and Howth Road in north Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

 

A man arrested on Tuesday in connection with the death of a cyclist following a hit-and-run incident in Dublin last week has been released without charge.

The man, who is in his 20s, was arrested on Tuesday and questioned at Clontarf Garda station.

A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The 62-year-old cyclist was seriously injured after he was struck by a car at about 6.30pm on Tuesday last week at the junction between the Clontarf R and Howth Rd in north Dublin.

The cyclist was taken by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The car involved in the collision, described as a silver coloured Volkswagen Golf, did not remain at the scene. Gardaí have since recovered a car in Marino which they have technically examined.

Gardaí appealed to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who saw a silver Volkswagen Golf with an 05 D registration around Fairview, Marino and the Clontarf road area between 6.15pm and 6.45pm on Tuesday, June 30th, to contact Clontarf Garda station on 01 6664800 or on the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Last week’s road death brings to three the number of cyclists who have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year.

A Bill introduced in February 2014 introduced tougher penalties and possible prison sentences for hit-and run-drivers.

A person who flees the scene of an incident and does not offer assistance, knowing injury has been caused, now faces a fine of € 10,000 and up to seven years imprisonment.

In the event of a death resulting from such an incident a fine of €20,000 and/or ten years imprisonment applies.