A FATHER-to-be has appealed for help tracking down the people who smashed into his car just days before his partner is due to give birth to their first child.
Alex, a member of the Defence Forces Army Band based at Collins Barracks in Cork, said he and his partner, Sarah, who live in the Old Youghal Rd area of the city, have now been left without a car for the hospital journey just days before her due date.
“My partner is 39 weeks pregnant. We’ve now been left without a car to do the hospital run in. I’m absolutely devastated about the car but at least my partner and the baby are safe. Hopefully, we can catch the bastards,” Alex told The Opinion Line on Cork’s 96FM.
He made his comments after gardaí knocked on their door early on Sunday to alert them to the damage. They had parked their car, which has a resident’s parking permit, on the roadside close to their home overnight on Saturday.
They were woken by gardaí at around 9.30am to see the entire front left side of the car damaged. The front left axle appears to have been snapped at right angles. There are fears the vehicle is a write-off.
It is believed the Hyundai ix20 was struck by a vehicle driving eastbound along the Old Youghal Rd between 2.30am and 9.30am. The force of the impact shunted their car onto the footpath and into a car parked behind it.
The stress of the entire incident resulted in Sarah being taken to Cork University Maternity Hospital amid concerns for her blood pressure. After a few hours of monitoring, she and her baby were given the all-clear.
“My partner and baby are fine but it was trauma we didn’t need,” said Alex.
“My partner is a Cork native and has lived on the northside all her life and nothing like this has ever happened to her or her family.”
Sarah’s sister, Amy, said family members have rallied round. She has loaned her car to the couple for the coming days. Amy appealed to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have been driving in the area and who has dash-cam footage, or who may have CCTV footage from the area and who may be able to help, to contact gardaí.