First picture of ‘cute and sweet’ boy, 8, knocked down and killed crossing the road


A “cute and sweet” schoolboy who died after being hit by a car as he crossed the road has been named and pictured for the first time.

Eight-year-old Safiullah Asif died after he was hit by the vehicle in Tameside, Greater Manchester.

The “calm, cute and sweet” eight-year-old was struck by a BMW as he crossed the road close to his family home in Ashton-under-Lyne on Thursday evening.

He was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries following the July 23 crash on Ryecroft Street at around 8:15pm.

Safiullah died in hospital on Friday.

Two men have been arrested in connection with his death, reports the Manchester Evening News.

His family were today said to be too upset to speak.

Family friends have paid tribute to the “sweet” youngster whose father, Imran, manages a convenience store.

Neighbours said his son’s death has left the whole West End area of Ashton in shock.

One neighbour said: “He was a very nice boy.

“Calm but cute and sweet.

“They work in the shop so everyone knows them and everyone is in shock.”

Family friend Javed Gill, 59, said: “We feel so bad.

“There is so much sadness.

“Imran is my friend. He and the family are so, so upset.

“We have not been able to see him, he has not been able to face anyone.”

A number of floral tributes, balloons and candles have been left on the pavement close to the scene of the tragedy.

A woman who lives nearby said: “I heard a bang and dived out of the house with lots of the other neighbours and saw him.

“We waited with him whilst the paramedics arrived.

“It was very traumatic and upsetting. It has shocked everyone.

“I am a mother and a grandmother. My grandson is the same age as him so that’s really brought him home.

“I also witnessed my sister being knocked down when she was a kid and this has brought it all back.

“Things like this just shouldn’t happen.”

South Manchester Coroner’s Court today confirmed the case had been referred to them.

A 33 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without third party insurance Greater Manchester Police said on Saturday.

A 21 year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with the incident they added.

Both have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Sergeant Matthew Picton from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “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 ask to contact  call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 2597 of 23/07/2020 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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