Ian McDonnell (50), a father-of-three who was originally from Elphin, was at the Ozone Cars premises on the Robinhood Road in Clondalkin, where he worked as a manager, when he intervened to stop his grey-coloured Volkswagen Passat being taken on Sunday evening, January 23rd.
Mr. McDonnell ended up on the bonnet of the car as it drove away and was subsequently found with serious injuries on the Robinhood Road at around 6.15 pm.
He was taken by ambulance to Tallaght University Hospital but died on Friday evening last.
Clondalkin Gardaí investigating the fatal incident found Mr. McDonnell’s vehicle on Limelkin Green in Greenhills, Dublin 12 on Friday and it was recovered to be forensically examined.
A silver-coloured Toyota Aqua, also believed to be involved in the incident, was located burnt out in Ballinascorney, Tallaght on Tuesday (25th). It had been stolen in the Crumlin area on Sunday, January 23rd, the same day Mr. Donnell had tried to prevent his own car being stolen. This vehicle was also taken away to be examined.
Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information or dash cam footage to come forward.
A Garda statement read: “At approximately 6.15 pm, Ian McDonnell, 50 years, was found lying on the roadway with serious life-threatening injuries. Investigations have established that Mr. McDonnell had attended his business premises, locally, a short time earlier.
“While present he intervened to prevent the theft of his car, a grey-coloured Volkswagen Passat, registration number 161 OY 1861. In doing so he was carried on the bonnet of his vehicle, a distance, to where he was discovered.
“Ian McDonnell was removed from the scene by ambulance to Tallaght University Hospital in a serious condition. Ian McDonnell passed away on Sunday evening, January 28th”.
Significant progress has been made in the investigation to date with Gardaí obtaining CCTV footage from the area and carrying out door-to-door enquiries.
Gardaí are anxious to hear from anyone who may have been in the Robinhood Road area of Clondalkin on the evening of Sunday, January 23rd between 5.30 pm and 7 pm and who may have witnessed any activity which drew their attention or who may have any video dash cam footage.
They are also seeking any information as to the whereabouts of the grey-coloured Volkswagen Passat between Sunday, January 23rd and Friday, January 28th and the Toyota Aqua from Sunday, 23rd and Tuesday, 25th.
Investigating Gardaí are also seeking assistance from anyone who may have seen either of the cars in the vicinity of Ballymount, Walkinstown, Tallaght, Kylemore Road, or Ballyfermot between 6.30 pm and 9 pm on Sunday night, January 23rd.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Clondalkin Garda Station at 01-6667600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666111 or any Garda Station.
Meanwhile, local Senator Eugene Murphy has expressed his shock and sadness following news of Mr. McDonnell’s passing.
“The tragic death of Ian McDonnell has left County Roscommon numbed and shaken,” Senator Murphy said.
“Obviously because of his close links to Elphin, the community there is in deep mourning, but he was also well known to many people across the county. Ian’s wife Monica is also a native of Elphin”.
Expressing sympathy to Mr. McDonnell’s family, Senator Murphy said: “Such events are so hard to come to terms with and like many others, I pray for the family and hope they find the strength to carry this cross in life”.