TRIBUTES is being paid to Galway’s man, Barry McGrath, who died after being involved in a fight and run in San Francisco.
Police are searching for the driver involved in the crash that claimed the 38-year-old’s life on Saturday night.
McGrath was injured in a collision between a stolen vehicle and an Uber vehicle, of which he was a passenger, around 7:30 p.m. local time.
He was rushed to the hospital but later passed away. The Uber driver was also taken to the hospital, but his injuries were not life-threatening.
Uber cars are rented for commuting similar to taxis and are a popular means of transportation in the US.
San Francisco Police are investigating the crash as a hit and run and say the driver of the stolen vehicle, a black Audi SUV, fled the scene before police arrived.
They have provided a description of the suspect and are appealing for information and witnesses.
McGrath, originally from Claregalway, was named locally as the victim.
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His grieving family paid tribute to an aunt, saying: “Our beautiful niece, Barry. We lost him last night in a senseless act in San Francisco. It’s really heartbreaking.”
McGrath was heavily involved in the GAA San Francisco community and is remembered as a “highly regarded member of the Bay Area Irish community.”
He is the Treasurer of the GAA club of San Francisco, the president and player for the bronze medal of St Joseph’s. He also played with Sons of Boru/Celts GFC.
The San Francisco GAA said it was “deeply saddened” by McGrath’s death.
In a tribute, they said: “A native of Galway, Treasurer of our Board of Directors, President and player of St. Joseph’s Hurling Club – Silicon Valley. He also plays for San. Francisco Sons of Boru/Celts, and is a highly regarded member of the Bay Area Irish Community.
“As we begin to process this tragic news, we will notify you as we receive further updates. We ask that you keep his Family and Friends in mind and your prayers.”
St Joseph’s Hurling Club added that McGrath was a great friend and volunteer at the club.
A spokesperson said: “We are all deeply saddened by the passing of Friend, Player & President Barry McGrath over the weekend.
“Barry was always with everyone like a friend, was always the first to volunteer to help the club, and is so involved in the San Francisco GAA community.
“We extend our deepest condolences to Barry’s family and will support us anyway we can.”
While the Rahoon/Newcastle GAA Club in Co Galway described McGrath as an “absolute gentleman”.
Police in San Francisco are appealing for the public’s assistance in tracing the driver of the hit-and-run vehicle.
In a statement police said: “The driver of the Audi fled the scene before police arrived.
“During the investigation, it was determined that the Audi SUV involved was reported stolen in San Francisco on January 12, 2022.
“The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, about 45 years old, bald-headed and possibly over 6 meters tall.
“Investigators with the SFPD Traffic Collision Investigation Unit are asking the public for assistance in locating any witnesses or surveillance footage that may have recorded the incident.”
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