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Road Deaths

Gardaí search for blue BMW involved in fatal hit-and-run in Loughrea

A cyclist in his 60s was taken to hospital where he died later from his injuries.

Updated 10.45am

A MAN IN his 60s was killed in a hit-and-run in Loughrea, county Galway last night.

He was on a bicycle close to a set of pedestrian lights on the Gort Road when he struck by a car at about 8.30pm.

The offending vehicle, thought to be a blue BMW with partial registration 01 G, drove away from the scene. Gardaí believe it headed in the direction of Gort.

In a second appeal for information, gardaí said there would be visible damage to the bonnet and front of the vehicle. They also believe the car has a defective right rear light.

The injured cyclist was taken to University College Hospital Galway where he was pronounced dead shortly before 2am today.

A post-mortem exam on his remains will be undertaken by the State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy this afternoon.

The road at the scene of the collision is closed for forensic examinations.

Gardaí have also appealed for witnesses to the event or anyone who may have seen the vehicle to contact them at the local station on 091 842 870.

The victim is the 56th person to be killed on Irish roads this year. He is the fourth cyclist.

First published at 7.37am

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