Garda is seriously injured in hit-and-run collision in County Limerick

A hit-and-run accident in County Limerick has left an off-duty garda, an Irish police officer, seriously injured.

Garda is seriously injured in hit-and-run collision in County Limerick

A hit-and-run accident in County Limerick has left an off-duty garda, an Irish police officer, seriously injured.

The officer, in his 50s and cycling on Thursday at 19:15

On the R522 road, he was found with severe injuries near Newcastle West. He was immediately treated and flown to Cork University Hospital.

An Garda Siochana stated that a woman in her 20s was taken into custody in connection to the incident.

Henry Street Garda Station holds her.

An incidentally involved car was taken to forensic examination.

Garda forensic collision investigators have examined the scene.

Fine Gael Councillor for Limerick City and County Liam Galvin described the victim to be a "fantastic policeman with the best interest of the community in mind."

He said, "I have got to know him over the past decade and that he is just a remarkable garda."

BBC News NI told him that the officer's injuries on his right leg had been "life-changing".

He said, "It's very tragic - he's in a bad place."

He paid tribute and assisted the victim before emergency services arrived.

He said, "We all hope and pray that he will be back at work again."

Gardai appeal to anyone who saw the collision to get in touch with them.

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