Criminal proceedings underway for van driver

Louise Roseingrave

THE suspected driver of a van that struck and killed a six-year-old boy in Shankill, Co Dublin is due in court later this year.

Cian Marren of Oakdale Crescent in Ballycullen, Dublin 24 was hit by a white van on Shanganagh Road on July 28, 2017.

Cian Marren2

Cian Marren

The boy was rushed to Temple Street Hospital where he was treated for injuries sustained in the incident. Sadly he passed away the following day, July 29. The cause of death was head injuries.

An inquest into his death has been adjourned as Dublin Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane was advised that criminal proceedings are underway.

The suspected driver of the vehicle is to be arraigned and served with the book of evidence in court next October.

The boy’s family was present in court as Inspector Patrick Connell of Shankill Garda Station informed the coroner that criminal proceedings were underway.

The boy’s father formally identified his son’s body to gardai at Temple Street Children’s Hospital following the accident. A post-mortem conducted by pathologist Dr Emma Doyle gave the cause of death as cerebral trauma due to a road traffic accident.

At a previous inquest at Dublin Coroner’s Court the boy’s parents, Liam and Lisa Marren, were commended for their ‘generous donation’ of their beloved child’s organs.

“This is a wonderful gift to those who benefit, but it is a dreadful tragedy for you to lose your son in these circumstances,” Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane told the child’s parents.

Gardaí had appealed for witnesses following the collision that happened in Shankill, Co Dublin on Friday, July  28, at around 4.45pm, near the Hazelwood. The van was travelling in the direction of Shankill village.

The coroner adjourned her inquest until after all criminal proceedings are completed.

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