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Kilkenny car jacking ends in death

A car thief has died after crashing a stolen car and seriously injuring an innocent 16-year-old girl who was in the vehicle at the time of the robbery. 

Dale Fogarty, 37, from Castlecomer in Co Kilkenny, was well-known to gardaí and suffered from alcohol and drug addiction. 

Fogarty stole a car on Green Street in Kilkenny Town on November 18 while the car owner had gone into a building to collect something from his office, momentarily leaving his daughter in the car by herself. 

Fogarty proceeded to drive “extremely dangerously” out of Kilkenny Town, overtaking a number of cars on a dangerous bend. He crashed the stolen car into a car driving toward Kilkenny Town on a stretch of the N77 road shortly after 4 p.m. on Friday. 

A couple in their 40s and a man in his 60s were in the other car and it is understood that the man was dropping the couple to a wedding at the time of the crash. 

The three passengers were seriously injured in the collision, but their injuries are not life-threatening. 

Fogarty was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital following the crash. 

The 16-year-old girl, who has special needs, was airlifted to University Hospital Waterford with serious injuries. She underwent surgery on Saturday and has since been transferred to a Dublin hospital. She remains in a critical condition. 

The girl was adopted from Belarus as a child and was sitting in the back seat of her father’s car when Fogarty entered the vehicle. Her father, a well-known accountant in Kilkenny, had left the car running while he visited his office. 

Fogarty, a father of two, had a number of criminal convictions and was living in sheltered accommodation at the time of the robbery. 

Gardaí believe that Fogarty was under the influence at the time of the robbery, according to widespread reports. 

Fogarty was stabbed at a social gathering in Kilkenny in 2012. His friend Kieran Monaghan, 21, was also stabbed during the incident and died of his injuries. 

A major criminal investigation was launched, but the suspect was not prosecuted after stating that he was defending himself in his own home. 

The Director of Public Prosecutions accepted the defense, which was strongly disputed by the Monaghan family. 

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