Son's death after hit-and-run a 'tsunami that took everything away', father tells court

John Hickey with friends and family leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today. Picture: Collins Courts

A man has been handed down a 20-month sentence for a hit-and-run that resulted in the death of a teenage boy in Dublin two years ago.

Fourteen-year-old Conor Hickey died after he was knocked down on the Fassaugh Road in Cabra as he went to meet some friends after school.

John Hickey wiped away tears as he rejoined his wife and daughter after delivering an emotional victim impact statement.

He described the death of his son Conor as a "tsunami" that took everything away in a flash and left a trail of destruction behind it.

On the evening of Dec 2 2011, Conor returned home after school, ate his dinner and did some chores before leaving to meet some friends.

As he crossed a junction in Cabra, he was knocked down by the driver of a Silver Opel Astra who did not stop, and fled the scene.

Conor suffered severe brain damage and died in hospital the following day.

Ruadhan Tracey, formerly of Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath was arrested a few weeks later and admitted everything.

After he was released on bail, the court heard he went on a "rampage" and committed several robberies that resulted in an eight-year jail term.

A volley of abuse was hurled at the 32-year-old while he was being led away today after sentence was passed.

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