Boy, 8, dies two days after being hit by car while crossing the road

An eight-year-old boy has died two days after being hit by a car while trying to cross the road.

Police were called to Ryecroft Street in Ashton-Under-Lyme, Greater Manchester, shortly after 8pm on Thursday following reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian.

The youngster was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after being struck by a black BMW, but medics were unable to save his life.

Sergeant Matthew Picton, of Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said ‘Sadly, this is now a fatal collision investigation. This is dreadful news. Our thoughts are firmly with the young boys family and we’re determined to get them the answers they deserve.’

A 33-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving has since been re-arrested for causing death by dangerous driving.

He was also arrested for driving without a licence or insurance.

A second man, aged 21, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Both have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Sgt Picton added: ‘If you were on or around Ryecroft Street at the time of the incident and witnessed the collision, or saw the car involved, please contact police as a matter of urgency.

‘Any dash cam or CCTV footage of the incident could prove invaluable in our search for more information.’

Anyone with information or footage of the incident is urged to contact GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 2597 of 23/07/2020 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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