Teenager arrested over fatal Castletroy hit and run released without charge

The Scene of the Fatal Crash on the Dublin Road, Castletroy. Photo: Brendan Gleeson

A TEENAGER who was arrested over the fatal hit and run of University of Limerick student Joe Drennan has been released without charge.

The award-winning UL journalism student died when he was struck by a car while he waited for a bus on the Dublin Road on October 13.

A statement from An Garda Síochána said that a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

“The man in his late teens, arrested in relation to the fatal road traffic collision on the Dublin Road in Castletroy, County Limerick, on the 13th October 2023, which resulted in the death of a man in his 20s, has been released without charge,” the Garda statement said.

“Investigations are ongoing.”

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Award-winning journalism student Joe Drennan, from Knocknagad, Mounthrath, County Laois, was killed on October 13 while he was waiting at a bus stop on the Dublin Road when a car that had immediately beforehand been involved in a collision with another car, as well as an alleged interaction with Gardaí earlier on the night, struck him.

The late Mr Drennan was described as “an inspirational student and a hugely talented young journalist, who had a bright career ahead”.