THE Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has launched an investigation after three pensioners were seriously injured when they were struck by a car being pursued by gardai on the outskirts of Limerick city.
There are reports that one of the victims lost a leg after he was pinned underneath a Hyundai Accent car following the collision, which happened in the village of Parteen at around 5pm on Thursday.
The pensioners - who are all understood to be in their seventies - were returning to their cars from nearby Brown’s pub, when the Hyundai veered across the road and crashed into them as they were standing in the car park in front of two parked cars.
A spokesperson for GSOC confirmed the incident was referred to it under Section 102 of the Garda Siochana Act.
“The Garda Ombudsman received the referral of a collision where gardai had been pursuing a vehicle that had been linked to an earlier incident shortly after 5pm. The pursued vehicle was then in collision with a stationary car and three pedestrians were injured. The three male pedestrians have been transferred to hospital,” she said.
The two men travelling in the Hyundai are suspected to have been involved in a number of burglaries in nearby Doonas, Clonlara and were being pursued by a garda patrol car at the time of the collision.
Both men fled the scene following the collision but one of them was apprehended a short time later. He is being detained at Mayorstone Park garda station.
The three injured men are being treated at University Hospital Limerick.
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