NAAS gardaí are investigating a “serious” hit-and-run road traffic collision that took place around 8.25pm in the Sallins area on 2 November last.
According to a statement issued by An Garda Síochána, a car collided with a parked vehicle and then a female pedestrian on Canal Bridge, Osberstown, and failed to stop. The 51-year-old victim was taken to Tallaght hospital and was described as being in a “serious” condition.
Gardaí detained a 16-year-old male in relation to the incident but he was later released without charge. An abandoned car was seized for a technical examination.
A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and an appeal for information has been made.
“Investigations are on-going and gardai are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision, who may have been on that stretch of road between 8.15pm and 8.30pm or may have any information to contact them in Naas on 045 884300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station,” An Garda Síochána stated.
According to Naas Municipal District councillorCarmel Kelly, who lives in Sallins, the mood in the village is one of frustration and anger with residents “completely up in arms”.
“People in Sallins now at this stage, they’re upset, they’re angry,” Cllr Kelly said.
Noting that she wasn’t aware of the particulars of this incident, Cllr Kelly said that “speed merchants” are a big concern for residents of a village that has become associated with bottlenecks.
She added that while a bypass is expected to open in October 2019, little in the way of infrastructure has been provided to keep pace with Sallins’ growth from a “small, sleepy village” to one with a population of over 5,500 people.
“It’s the thin end of the wedge now at this stage. Anybody will tell you… that traffic is an issue in Sallins,” she said. “But when it’s not a bottleneck, then it is a speedster’s paradise because it has got a straight stretch of road, there are no ramps, there are no traffic islands, there is nothing to slow you down…. We’ve got to do something.”