A woman has suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain following a hit-and-run incident at Holywood Golf Club after fans had finished watching Rory McIlroy’s failed bid to win the US Masters.
Julie-Ann Alexander (49) was hit by a grey-coloured vehicle after leaving the clubhouse, where she had earlier been watching the golf being broadcast live from Augusta with her teenage son.
The incident happened at around 1.10am yesterday in the car park at McIlroy’s home club on the Demesne Road.
It is understood the car, which police believe could possibly be an Audi with Co Monaghan number plates, did not return to the scene.
A spokesperson for the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast said the injured woman is now in a stable condition.
The victim's brother Raymond Alexander is urging any witnesses to contact the police with any information which could lead to the identification of the driver of the vehicle.
“She is in a really bad state in hospital. She is obviously unconscious,” he said.
“Her fingers seem to be bruised as well, as if she had her fingers caught in a door.”
Throughout Sunday night hundreds of McIlroy’s friends, fans and many media representatives had been in and out of the Co Down clubhouse as they watched Rory’s agonising final round experience at Augusta.
Mr Alexander added: “It seemed to be a very, very busy place. There was a lot of strangers up and a lot of media. And obviously with the phenomenon that Rory is, it attracted a lot of publicity.
“It’s been a traumatic time for my brothers and my mother as well. And more importantly for her son, who is only 14 years of age.”
Alliance councillor for Holywood Andrew Muir said: “I would totally condemn this incident and urge anyone with information to bring it forward to the police.
“It is sad this overshadowed what was otherwise a positive day for Holywood. Rory is a great ambassador for us.”
The PSNI is appealing for anyone with information to contact them at Bangor police station on 0845 600 8000.
When the Belfast Telegrpah contacted Holywood Golf Club, nobody was available to comment on the incident.