Gardaí have appealed to the public for help following a road accident which left a garda on duty with life-changing injuries after he stopped to help an elderly motorist in Co Cork Sunday night.
The officer, who is in his 40s and is stationed in Youghal, was patrolling in an unmarked patrol car when he came across an elderly motorist whose car had broken down on the N25 on the Youghal Bypass. He stopped to provide assistance shortly before 7 p.m. on Sunday.
However, it is understood the officer was still in his car when a collision with another vehicle on the bypass occurred and the officer suffered serious injuries which left him in critical condition as he was rushed to University Hospital Cork where he underwent emergency surgery.
It is understood CUH medics had to amputate the officer’s right leg below the knee, while he also suffered serious fractures to his left leg as well as internal bleeding and remains in serious condition at the CUH on Monday morning.
It is understood the driver of the other car involved in the collision was also taken by ambulance to University Hospital Cork with non-life-threatening injuries while the elderly motorist was treated for shock on site.
Gardai closed the road and put in place diversions, urging local motorists to detour through Youghal town and motorists traveling from Waterford to Cork to use the N72 Dungarvan to Fermoy Road, so that a medical investigator -legal Garda can examine the scene of the collision.
A Garda spokesperson said the road is expected to remain closed until around midday on November 14 to allow the forensic investigator to examine the scene to understand what exactly happened to cause the collision.
Gardaí is appealing for all witnesses to this collision to come forward and they are especially eager to speak to any road users who may have camera footage (including dash cams) and were traveling on the bypass from Youghal from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Anyone who can help Garda with their investigation of the collision is asked to contact them at Midleton Garda station on 021 462 1550, Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
Meanwhile, a gardaí in Gorey, Co Wexford is appealing for witnesses regarding a hit-and-run that left a man in serious condition.
The incident happened in Ballydermot on Arklow Road, where the pedestrian in his 20s was found with serious head injuries around 2.30am on Sunday.
The vehicle involved in the incident did not remain at the scene.
The man was taken from the scene to St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin where he remains in serious condition.
Anyone with information who was in the area between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday, including anyone who may have dash cam footage, should contact Gorey Garda Station, Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.