The sister of a young man who was killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking home from the pub nearly 40 years ago has asked the driver to come forward and tell them: “It’s never too late to get out apologize”.
Oseph ‘Joey’ Moroney was found lying by the side of the road in the early hours of Sunday 8th August 1982 in the town of Bohadoon, near Dungarvan, Co Waterford. His body was several hundred yards from the pub where he last spent his evening socializing with friends.
His body showed signs of a vehicle impact.
In an appeal to be broadcast on RTÉ crime reputation Tonight, Ms Moroney urged the driver who hit her brother to come forward and say why they didn’t stop and seek help.
She said her late mother could never bring herself to visit her son’s grave.
“For [my father’s] Funeral, my mother couldn’t go to her grave. Where Joey was killed here on the road, she never drove on the road. And the day he [Joey] was buried, she never went to the grave. She never went to the tomb until she went in herself,” she said.
“I don’t want anyone to be punished. I just want someone to get in touch to say they killed him that night and why they didn’t stop or why they didn’t go to get help. It’s never too late to say sorry.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Moroney’s best friend Mike described the moment he heard his friend was dead.
“The morning after we left Joey in Bohadoon, my mother … came home from mass to tell us that there was prayer for Joey that he was struck down and killed. It was like a dagger stabbing me in the heart.
“It left a big hole in my life when Joey died. I hope that before I die we’ll be able to find whoever did this and let Joey rest in peace in his grave,” he said.
The Moroney family is appealing to anyone with information about their brother’s death to contact the Gardaí in Dungarvan.
Anyone with information can contact Crimecall on 1800 40 50 60, free text 50123 or email:email@example.com, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or Dungarvan Garda Station on 058 48600.
The call for information will be broadcast tonight crime reputation Follow on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.
https://www.independent.ie/news/its-never-too-late-to-say-sorry-sister-appeals-for-hit-and-run-driver-who-killed-her-brother-40-years-ago-to-come-forward-41586135.html ‘It’s never too late to apologize’ – Sister appeals to hit-and-run driver who killed her brother 40 years ago to come forward