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Co Galway man killed in hit and run in San Francisco

Barry McGrath, who was 38 and originally from Cregmore in Co Galway, died on Saturday night as a result of the hit-and-run collision in San Francisco
Marie Louise McConville

Police in the US were last night hunting the driver of a stolen car which collided with an Uber killing an Irish man who was a passenger.

Barry McGrath (38), originally from Cregmore in Co Galway, died on Saturday night as a result of the hit-and-run collision.

According to police reports, Mr McGrath, who moved to San Francisco in 2015, had been travelling in a Honda car which was being used as an Uber, when it was hit by stolen Audi SUV.

The collision happened at around 7.30pm at the corner of 46th Avenue and Lincoln Way in San Francisco.

The driver of the Audi SUV, which was stolen earlier this month, fled the scene.

A police investigation was last night ongoing including an appeal for witnesses.

Mr McGrath was well known among the Irish community in San Francisco as he was heavily involved in GAA.

Having recently been appointed chairman of St Joseph's Hurling Club, he also held positions in the Western Division of the North American GAA.

Posting online, St Joseph's Hurling Club, Silicon Valley, said it was "deeply saddened" by Mr McGrath's death.

"Barry was always there for anyone as a friend, always the first person to volunteer to help the club and was heavily involved in the San Francisco GAA community".

San Francisco GAA described what had happened as "tragic news" adding that Mr McGrath was a "highly regarded member of the Bay Area Irish community".

Back home in Ireland, Claregalway GAA described the news of the fatal hit and run as "shocking".

The club said the 38-year-old had played for the club "all the way from U10 and even earned his way on to the Senior team in 2006".

"He always played with pride and passion for the green and gold".

Turloughmore Hurling said there was "great shock" following the death of Mr McGrath, who was a former player.

The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust in Northern Ireland said it was "shocked and saddened" to learn of Mr McGrath's death.

"Barry originally from Claregalway, was the driving force behind a golf fundraiser for the Trust by the hurling clubs in the San Francisco area and a great supporter of KBRT.

"His family and friends are in our prayers".

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