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IrelandIrish champion boxer killed, gardai now investigating whether 'hit-and-run' was deliberate

16:00  01 july  2019
16:00  01 july  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Irish champion boxer killed, gardai now investigating whether 'hit-and-run' was deliberate © SPORTSFILE Kevin Sheehy, St.Franics, Limerick during the 2018 IABA Elite Boxing Championships Semi-Finals at the National Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

GARDAI are investigating whether a hit-and-run in which a talented young boxer lost his life early on Monday was deliberate.

Kevin Sheehy (20), from Carew Park in Limerick City, was killed in the incident on Hyde Road in Limerick. The fatality occurred at approximately 4.40am this morning.

Independent.ie understands that investigating gardai are probing whether the young man was deliberately struck by the vehicle.

The vehicle believed to be involved in the incident, a black Mitsubishi Shogun jeep, failed to remain at the scene.

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Gardaí in Thurles are investigating a fatal hit and run road traffic collision that occurred at Poynestown, Glengoole, Thurles at A male pedestrian (68), was fatally injured and Gardai believe that he was struck by a vehicle which failed to stop. A statement released by the Gardai says the

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Mr Sheehy, a member of St Francis boxing club, was crowned the Hull Box Cup heavyweight champion about two weeks ago - the latest in a series of impressive results in the ring.

He was an amateur boxer, but was hoping to become professional, according to his coach, Ken Moore.

"He won five Irish titles, he competed at under 22 level," said Coach Moore.

"He was some kid. He was from a 'rough' estate, but he stepped away from all that," he told Independent.ie.

Irish champion boxer killed, gardai now investigating whether 'hit-and-run' was deliberate Kevin Sheehy, who lost his life in a fatal hit and run incident early on Monday morning "There were people from there who went to jail, who got involved in other things... he was just saying how lucky he was to have not gotten involved in that."

"He was just the best I've ever worked with, a good person," he said.

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He hit a garbage can and a maibox and then we flipped over and hit a tree real hard.” Craig Harris, who says his two kids were injured in the crash, said he had concerns about the driver. “There has been times when I’ve seen him go faster than he should have been going,” he told reporters.

Gardaí at Coolock are now seeking further assistance in figuring out what happened at the point of the collision. They have made a special appeal for a man in his 20s She added: “I ran down the stairs and then they said we needed to go to Beaumont Hospital I was trying not to think of it as too serious.

Coach Moore appealed for anyone with information to come forward. "This was a lad who was never in trouble," he said.

"He had a big future ahead of him."

Irish champion boxer killed, gardai now investigating whether 'hit-and-run' was deliberate Kevin Sheehy Celtic Eagles Galway, a boxing club based in Briarhill in Galway city, often worked with St Francis boxing club.

"He spent a lot of time sparring with my lads," said coach Pawel Popko.

"We were very close as clubs, we used to meet each other often.

"He was honest, very genuine, very focused on boxing. From a coaching point of view he was fantastic, did everything that was asked.

"He was a very nice kid, everybody loved him, he was very chatty, would always talk to our lads," the coach said.

"It's hard to talk about him, we are still in shock," said Coach Popko, getting emotional.

Boxing clubs around the country are paying tribute to the young man on social media.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information on the incident, particularly anyone in the area around the time of the collision, who may have dash cam footage, to contact them at Roxboro Road Garda Station on 061 214 340.

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