Hit and run: Tyrone man remains in intensive care

Erganagh Road, which lies between Omagh and Gortin. (Google)

A man in his 60s remains seriously ill in hospital today (Monday) after a hit and run collision involving a quad bike near Omagh on Friday night.

The man, named locally as Johnny Devlin, was struck as he walked close to his home on the Erganagh Road at around 10.45pm.


Two quad bikes were understood to have been travelling along the rural route close to Gortnagarn Primary School.

Both vehicles left the scene of the collision, which left Mr Devlin with severe head injuries. He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being rushed to Altnagelvin Area Hospital.

The local man remains an induced coma in the intensive care unit at the Derry hospital, where his family are maintaining a bedside vigil.
Police are now hunting the drivers of the quad bikes involved.

A PSNI helicopter was deployed late on Friday night in a a bid to trace the bikes.

It’s understood that officers are following a number of leads, but at the time of going to print, no arrests had been made.

Appealing for witnesses, Inspector Glen Latimer said Mr Devlin had sustained serious head injuries.

“I am appealing to anyone that may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area at the time particularly regarding the movements of 2 Quad motorbikes to contact Omagh Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1438 of 07/07/17.”


West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff, who has spoken with members of Mr Devlin’s family, said, “The thoughts and prayers of the entire community are with him and his family at this time.”

The Sinn Féin MP said he had also contacted the PSNI with regard to the ongoing investigation.

“They have assured me that it’s a very extensive investigation and they are pursuing leads. I am anxious that thorough and swift progress is made in this investigation as soon as possible.”

Police have also said that information about the incident can be provided anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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