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Man appears in court charged over hit-and-run which killed nine-year-old Ronan Wilson

A MAN HAS appeared in court charged over a hit-and-run collision in which a nine-year-old boy was killed in Bundoran, Co Donegal.

Serge Kelly appeared at Carrick-On-Shannon District Court this morning in connection with the fatal road traffic collision on Saturday.

Ronan Wilson, a nine-year-old from Kildress in Co Tyrone, was killed.

Kelly, a 23-year-old with an address at Upper Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, has been charged with three offences under the Road Traffic Act.

Wearing a face mask, Kelly was brought to Carrick-On-Shannon by detectives.

Kelly was charged with, having been the driver of a vehicle, which was involved in the occurrence of injury to Ronan Wilson, did fail to offer said person assistance.

He was also charged with failing to stop and with failing to remain at the scene.

Detective Garda Shane Maye of Ballyshannon Garda Station gave evidence of the arrest, charge and caution of Kelly. 

After being charged with failing to stop, Kelly said: “I should have, but I didn’t.” He later told gardaí, when charged with failing to remain at the scene: “I know I should have, but I didn’t.”

Kelly was represented by solicitor Mr John Anderson.

Gardaí agreed to bail on strict conditions. Kelly was granted bail on his own bond of €2,000 while a Martina Currid agreed to go forward as an independent surety, which was approved by the court.

Kelly has surrendered his passport and must sign on three times a week at Ballyshannon Garda Station. He was ordered to have no contact, either directly or indirectly, to include social media, with any of the prosecution witnesses in the case.

Kelly’s mobile phone has been seized by gardaí, but he must provide officers with a contact number within 24 hours.

Judge Éiteáin Cunningh remanded him on bail to appear before Ballyshannon District Court on 20 October 2023.

Gardaí launched a manhunt after Kelly fled from the scene on Saturday and the accused man was arrested on Sunday for an offence under the Road Traffic Act.

Having been detained at Ballyshannon Garda Station under the Criminal Justice Act 1984, detectives charged Kelly yesterday.

Nine-year-old Ronan, who was visiting the south Donegal seaside town with his family, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time after the collision, which occurred at around 9.20pm on Atlantic Way, Bundoran.

The vehicle involved in the collision failed to remain at the scene.

Gardaí have since seized a vehicle in connection with their probe and a technical examination is to be carried out.

Ronan’s funeral will take place at 12pm on Thursday in St. Mary’s Church, Dunamore.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to anyone with information or who may have witnessed this collision to contact them.

A spokesperson said: “Any road users or pedestrians who may have camera footage (including dash-cam), and who were travelling in the area of Atlantic Way, Bundoran, on Saturday evening between 8.45pm and 9.45pm, is asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballyshannon Garda Station 071 985 8530, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.”