The gardai are appealing for witnesses to a case of hit and run in which a woman’s car was flipped into the air and crashed into a ditch on the Portlaoise to Mountmellick Road.
Incredibly, the woman was lucky not to suffer any serious injuries when her car was struck by a silver BMW estate, at around 11pm on October 23 at the Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise.
A garda spokesperson has confirmed that her car was flipped into the air by the impact, before it crashed into a dyke on the opposite side of the road from the Kyletalesha Landfill. No ambulance was required as she did not suffer serious injuries, and she was able to make her own way to the hospital.
The vehicle that struck her was a silver BMW estate, with a 02-LK licence plate. A lone male was the driver. The garda spokesperson has revealed that the BMW was subsequently reported stolen the next day, October 24, and was then recovered by the gardaí.
The gardaí are now asking anyone who may have seen this car in the Portlaoise area on the night, or who may have seen such a vehicle at any point in the preceding weeks, to contact them on 057 8674100.
The incident happened on the same night that a 43-year-old woman died after a car being pursued by gardaí crashed into her car in Co Kildare.
It is understood gardaí were involved in a high speed pursuit from Portlaoise of suspects after a robbery at a house in Co Tipperary, when the car they were pursuing struck the woman’s car.
There were five people in the car being pursued, one of whom was believed to be a 13-year-old boy.
The garda spokesperson has confirmed that the car was being followed by two garda units at the time. Portlaoise based gardaí were involved in the pursuit.
It is understood that the woman was coming off a slip road when the other car collided with her vehicle.
Gardaí have arrested a 23-year-old man in relation to the incident and he was detained at Kildare Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
The other four occupants of the car have also been questioned by gardaí.