The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) has launched a call for witnesses after a man suffered serious injuries in an incident involving a Garda car on the M50 in Dublin. The victim, a 23-year-old Brazilian from Dublin, was traveling on the motorway with friends when they tried to find a motorbike that had been stolen from one of them.
Anderson Farias, mayor of the city of São José dos Campos in southeastern Brazil, has confirmed that his son was the victim in the incident.
“It is with deep sadness that I announce that my son João Henrique has suffered a serious accident in Ireland and is undergoing a second operation in hospital,” he said on the social media platform X, formerly Twitter. “The distance weighs on my heart as I cannot be by his side during this difficult time.
“My wife is on her way to Dublin to provide support. At this moment, as a father, I ask everyone to pray for my son so that he can find the strength he needs and come out of this situation stronger.”
It appears Mr Farias and his friends followed the signal from a tracking device on the stolen bike which led them to the M50 near Tallaght on Saturday afternoon, with gardaí also at the scene. Some of the Brazilian men were stopped near guardrails on the side of the M50 when Mr Farias was injured in a crash with a Garda car.
The exact circumstances of the collision and how all parties came to be stopped on the M50 at around 3.15pm on Saturday are currently under investigation. The case was referred by the Garda to Gsoc for investigation. Any incident in which a person is seriously injured or killed during or around the time of their interaction with Garda members must be investigated by Gsoc.
The injured man, who worked as a delivery driver in Dublin, was taken to Tallaght University Hospital with a serious injury to his right leg. He is believed to have been living in Ireland with his partner for around five years.
Gsoc, a Garda watchdog agency, issued a statement saying the incident occurred on the northbound side of the M50 at junction 11 Tallaght, where the northbound slip road joins the motorway.
“Gsoc would like to speak to any witnesses who may have observed incidents, activities or interactions at this time and location,” it said in its witness appeal. “Gsoc would also welcome the provision of any CCTV, dashcam or mobile footage that witnesses may have captured.”
Gsoc added that the crash was reported by a Garda Superintendent on Saturday under the provisions of the Garda Síochána Act and that it would have no further comment at this time. The section of the M50 where the accident occurred remained closed overnight until Sunday morning to allow an investigation into the scene.
Garda headquarters at Phoenix Park in Dublin confirmed on Saturday that the incident involved an official Garda vehicle and a pedestrian. On Sunday it was said that since the investigation was now being carried out by Gsoc, all inquiries should be directed to that authority.
While video footage emerged on Saturday of another incident involving an apparent argument between two men on foot on the M50, it is unrelated to the accident, which is currently being investigated by Gsoc.