Boy, eight, dies two days after being hit by a black BMW in Greater Manchester as man, 33, arrested

AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD boy has died two days after being hit by a black BMW in Greater Manchester.

A man, 33, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the tragedy in Ashton-Under-Lyne on Thursday night.

The boy had been about to cross the road when he was struck on Ryecroft Street about 8.15pm.

He was rushed to hospital but has tragically died.

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

He was also arrested for driving without third party insurance.

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

Both have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Sergeant Matthew Picton of GMP’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.

“While we have made an arrest, our investigations remain ongoing.

“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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