Gardaí investigating the hit-and-run death of a pensioner in Dublin last month have arrested a suspect.
The man, who is in his 20s, is being questioned about the death of Carol Seery, 67, who was killed in Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7, last month.
Ms Seery, a grandmother, had just gone out to dinner with her husband when the driver struck them at Cross Guns Bridge just after 9pm on Wednesday, October 4, then fled the scene before crashing the car nearby turned off.
The car – a 2007 silver Honda Civic registered in Dublin – was later found abandoned near the scene of the accident.
A statement from Garda headquarters in Phoenix Park, Dublin, confirmed that a man had been arrested on Thursday in connection with the fatal accident.
It added that the suspect, who was arrested by gardaí at Mountjoy Garda station, was being held at a Garda station in Dublin under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
Mrs Seery is survived by her husband Gerry, a retired Garda, children Karen, Gerard and Patrick and grandchildren Tadhg, Keela, Alistair, Ruby, Max and Violet.
The motorist who hit Ms Seery had reportedly recently been seen driving dangerously in the area and was wanted by gardaí at the time of the accident. He was about to drive away from a Garda car at high speed when his car hit the victim.
According to the Irish Times, the car was not reported stolen. It had changed hands in the days just before the accident and was still registered under the previous owner’s name.
The Honda Civic has since been subject to an investigation and gardaí are confident the vehicle provided a very strong line of inquiry.
The fatal accident was also referred to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) as the driver was wanted by gardaí at the time of the accident.
Any incident resulting in death or serious injury occurring during or around the time that any of the parties involved had contact with Garda members must, by law, be referred by the Garda to Gsoc.