Appeal after badly damaged car is found abandoned in field

Police are making a specific appeal in relation to a road traffic collision reported this morning, Tuesday 5th July, in which a badly damaged car was reported abandoned in a field on the Letterkenny Road, Derry/Londonderry.

It was reported, just before 8am, that a woman was observed at the vehicle - a grey-coloured Mercedes - but, when a member of the public approached her, she left the scene, taking a dog with her.

A man was also reported to have been at the scene and observed leaving. He is described as having worn a blue-coloured top and had a goatee and was reported to have been limping.

Sergeant O’Hara said: “We’re continuing with enquiries into this collision and to establish how this car ended up in a field. In particular, we’re working to locate the woman observed at the scene who had a dog and the man who was observed leaving the area. We believe, at this time, this man and woman were travelling in the vehicle, and can assist us with our enquiries, however, we also want to check on their welfare as we believe they may have sustained injuries.

Police and Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance attended the scene of the tragedy on the Lough Fea Road

“If you were in the area, before or around 8am today and believe you saw this vehicle, or may have captured its movements on your dash cam, we would ask that you get in touch with us. I would also make a direct appeal to the man and woman who were observed at the scene of the incident to contact us.”

The number to call is 101, quoting reference number 297 of 05/07/22.

Alternatively, you can submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at