THE horror crash that claimed the life of a 69 year old patient from the Mid Western Regional Hospital has been described as a ‘tragic accident’ by Gardai.
Michael Doran, from Templemore, County Tipperary was struck by a car as he crossed St Nessan’s Road in Dooradoyle on Monday night. He was a patient in the Regional and had left the hospital to visit a local fast food takeaway in the locality.
Mr Doran was using a wheelchair as a walking aid to cross the road on his return when he was struck by a car at around 8pm on St Stephen’s Night. He was rushed to the emergency department in the Regional but died soon after from his injuries.
Gardai confirmed that a 69 year old male pedestrian was fatally injured when he was struck by a car on St Nessan’s Road, Dooradoyle at around 7.45pm on Monday night.
The main Limerick/Cork road was closed for a time and traffic was diverted.
The damaged wheelchair was visible after the accident. It was lying to the side of the road as Gardai carried out a forensic examination of the scene. Gardai in Roxboro issued an appeal for witnesses to the incident, which they later confirmed they were treating as a ‘tragic accident’.
The man, a father of 13, had been a patient in the Regional since December 22, after being admitted with a respiratory complaint.
It is understood that Mr Doran left the hospital in his pyjamas and an overcoat and walked to a nearby fast food restaurant, using the wheelchair as a walking aid.
The man’s family voiced concern that he was allowed to leave while in the care of the hospital, but the HSE said Mr Doran’s treatment did not involve “any restriction of his personal liberty”.
A HSE spokesman said they would co-operate fully with the Garda investigation and coroner’s inquest as well as holding their own official internal inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the Mr Doran’s death.
*A full version of this story appears in the Limerick Leader weekend edition