A CORK toddler who was injured in a hit-and-run incident on Monday afternoon remains in a medically-induced coma but doctors are satisfied with his progress.
Two-year-old Zac Higgins suffered a bleed on his brain, a broken shoulder and collarbone, and required a wound on his head to be glued following the incident which occurred at Castle Meadows on the Skehard Road at around 4pm.
His father, Paul, said Zac’s doctors are happy with his progress and that the family is hopeful they will receive good news on his condition in the coming days.
Zac was transferred from CUH to Temple Street Children’s Hospital by ambulance for treatment.
The car involved, a blue Mazda 6, fled the area but was later found abandoned nearby.
A male teenager arrested in connection with the hit-and-run was released from Garda custody yesterday.
A file will now be prepared for the information of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Mr Higgins has appealed for anyone with information about the incident to contact gardaí and said he has been “blown away” by the support from neighbours and the wider community.
Residents of Castle Meadows estate yesterday described the horrific incident.
Secretary of the Residents’ Association, Sean O’Flynn, who has lived in the estate since it was built in 2002, said the incident brought the community together in a way he had never seen before. People in the park opposite the Higgins’ home also offered assistance and homes with CCTV have given the footage to the gardaí.
The residents’ association has been campaigning for years to have speed bumps installed in the estate but to no avail.
Zac’s brother and sister, Max (7) and Belle (4), have been staying with family relatives since the incident.
Anyone with information or who may have dash cam footage is asked to contact Anglesea Street Garda Station 021 4522000,the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.