Hunt continues for hit and run driver

Gardai near the scene of the suspected hit and run at Newtown Road, Bundoran on Sunday morning. Photo Thomas Gallagher INDP Hit and Run TG100
Gardai are checking CCTV footage taken in the early hours of Sunday morning in Bundoran in a bid to identify the hit and run driver who struck and fatally injured Alan McSherry.

Gardai are checking CCTV footage taken in the early hours of Sunday morning in Bundoran in a bid to identify the hit and run driver who struck and fatally injured Alan McSherry.

48 year old Mr McSherry, Boynagh, Co Leitrim had been walking home from a night out in the Bridge Bar in Bundoran when he was struck and left on the road side. His wife Joanne (Jo), drove out to find him and discovered her husband shortly after 5am on the Newtown Road, just 10 minutes from their home in North Leitrim.

She immediately called emergency services and tried to revive her husband but he died at the scene.

A vehicle was subsequently seized by gardai on Monday evening near the area where Mr McSherry was struck. Although several media reports suggested that gardai had ruled out the involvement of the vehicle in the death of Mr McSherry, a spokesperson for the Garda Press Office told the Leitrim Observer on Tuesday afternoon (yesterday) that the vehicle “was still undergoing forensic testing” and had not been eliminated from their investigation.

Pieces of a vehicle found at the scene of the hit and run have also been sent to Dublin for further forensic analysis in a bid to close the net on the driver.

Mr McSherry moved to the Leitrim/Donegal border area with his wife Jo, 17 years ago after a cycling trip to the North West of Ireland.

He was well known locally and was employed carrying out maintenance work.

A keen surfer, rock climber and cyclist, he had a wide circle of friends here and in Birkenhead, Merseyside, England, where the majority of his family still reside.

Local residents have expressed their shock following his death and tributes have poured in honouring a man who was described as “a fine free spirit” who “loved the outdoor life”.

In a bid to identify the vehicle responsible for the death of Mr McSherry, gardai are also viewing CCTV footage from local businesses in Bundoran on the night in question. Gardai are investigating the possibility that the vehicle used in the hit and run may have passed through the town prior to heading down the Newtown Road. Gardai are also appealing for anyone who may have been in the area between 3am and 5am on Sunday morning last to contact them on the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or via Ballyshannon Garda Station on (071) 9858530. They are also renewing appeals for the driver of the vehicle that struck Mr McSherry to come forward.