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Hit-and-run victim issues appeal for information

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Hit-and-run victim issues appeal for information thumbnail'Coco' a chocolate Labrador, was injured when she was struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run incident on the Lough Road in Drumlegagh.

A MAN who was struck in a hit-and-run by a vehicle on a local country road has issued a personal appeal for anyone with information on the driver to come forward to police. The victim's dog was injured in the incident.

The man, aged in his 40s but who does not wish to be named, was walking his dog on the Lough Road at Drumlegagh at around 7.45pm on Sunday, October 1, when he was struck by the wing mirror of what he described as a 'speeding driver', who subsequently drove away from the scene.

The man said he was knocked into the hedge, but was thankfully uninjured. However his dog, 'Coco', a chocolate Labrador, wasn't so fortunate, as it sustained a serious injury to its left leg, with the veterinary bill exceeding over 400. It was feared Coco might lose its paw, but it is healing better than first anticipated.

"This individual had no consideration for life or animal," the man told the Tyrone Constitution. "The vehicle knocked me into the hedge face up, struck my dog and drove off. When I gathered myself, I lifted the dog and sprinted up the road."

The man was around half-a-mile from his home when the incident occurred, he explained.

"Coco has a nasty, nasty leg wound and is still walking with great difficulty. The vet bill has exceeded 400 so far and is only going to rise. I would remortgage the house for Coco, but at the same time no one has such money to throw around due to one individual's lack of respect for the road or life. The dog is part of our family, we are so attached to the animal. I would like to give a special mention to the amazing work by Campsie Veterinary, they did everything to save our wee dog."

"If anyone has information about the driver involved, I would ask they get in touch with police on 101 as I am very eager for this person to be caught to answer the questions as to why they did what they did and why they failed to comply with the law after impact.

"They should not be driving the roads. There are plenty of children who live in the area, and fair enough the kids will probably have been in bed when this incident happened, but what if it was earlier in the day?

"This could have been much worse - if I had of been standing a foot to my left hand side I could have been seriously injured but this individual didn't seem to care less."

Police in Omagh are appealing for information and would appeal to the driver of the vehicle to contact police at Omagh on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 1389 of the 01/10/2017 as they may have information which could help them with their investigation. They would also appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this incident to also get in touch.

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