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Sisters were left lying in road as hit and run driver fled scene

The brother of two young Portadown women – who suffered horrific injuries after being mown down by a motorist while cycling – has made a renewed appeal today to find the callous driver who left them lying in the road.

Conor Murphy took to Facebook to urge the public to come forward with any information they may have.

Twenty-eight-year-old Oonagh Murphy and her sister Fiona (25), both  from Portadown, had been cycling towards Moy when they were knocked from their bicycle by an overtaking car.

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It happened at around 7.40pm on Saturday, June 27.

Oonagh had been due to begin a new job as a junior doctor at Craigavon Area Hospital, but instead was being treated for serious injuries, which included a dislocated shoulder and a facial wound which required 12 stiches.

She has been told it could take months to recover.

Sister Fiona sustained cuts and bruises and today brother Conor has urged people to share information to find the person responsible.

He took to Facebook to say his sisters sustained horrific life changing injuries – damaged nervous system, broken bones, deep lacerations, etc -when they were smashed into at high speed by a hit and run driver on the Moy Road, Portadown.

It happened a little more than half a mile past the Scotch Street filling station, heading towards Moy. Conor said the young women were left unconscious in the middle of the road with blood pouring out of their heads, faces and bodies.

On Facebook he made a direct appeal, stating: “Other cars have been eliminated from the investigation and the below car needs to be eliminated also to move the investigation forward.

“Vauxhall/Opel Astra G (Approx 1998-2004), Black, 5 doors. Broken left wing mirror (wing mirror found and pictured on scene, identified as from an Astra G)/ potential front left body work damage; Silver wheel trims or alloys.”

The irate brother has issued photographs of the vehicle which has not been accounted for, as well as the route taken.

He added: “The car was seen on the Garvaghy Road 10mins before the incident at 7:31pm near the entrance to the Public Park then made its way up the Garvaghy Road then onto the Moy road.

“The driver indiscriminately smashed into the girls, who were cycling in single file in a safe manner – one five metres in front of the other – on a flat wide straight part of the road with no other obstacles and no oncoming traffic.

“The driver of the car then slowed down briefly to look at the carnage they created behind them then sped off towards Moy.

“Please come back to me on 0773 648 7676 or the Portadown Police with any information so we can make our roads safer for your family.”

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