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Taxi driver charged after death of Irishman in Australia

Twenty-five year old Down native Ryan Doyle died in the early hours of Monday morning.

POLICE IN WESTERN Australia have charged a taxi driver in connection with the death of a young Irishman in Perth in the early hours of Monday morning.

Down native Ryan Doyle had been a passenger in the suspect’s taxi when a dispute allegedly broke out over the fare. Officers believe that as the victim was exiting the vehicle, the driver accelerated the car, causing the 25-year-old to fall to the ground. He received life-threatening injuries in the fall and was found lying on the road at Leake Street in Belmont at about 3am.

He was taken to Royal Perth Hospital but later died from his injuries.

The driver is a local man, aged 26. He has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, fail to stop and render assistance and fail to report. He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on 18 December.

According to the Irish News, Ryan was a keen GAA player who emigrated to find work four years ago. He lived with his two older brothers and had been planning a trip home this Christmas.

Comments on this article have been disabled as court proceedings have started.

Irish man dies in Western Australia