Boy, 8, fighting for his life after he was hit by a car in Greater Manchester as man arrested

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AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD boy is fighting for his life after being hit by a car in Greater Manchester.

A man, 33, has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving following the incident in Ashton-Under-Lyne last night.

Emergency services were called to reports of a child being struck by a car on Ryecroft Close, in Ashton-under-Lyne, at around 8.16pm yesterday evening.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said the boy was crossing the road when he was struck by a black BMW.

He was rushed to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The force confirmed this morning that a 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving otherwise in accordance with a driving licence and not having third party insurance in place.

He remains in custody for questioning.

Sergeant Matthew Picton of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “This was a tragic incident which has left a young boy fighting for his life. Our thoughts are with him and his family during this difficult time.

“Our officers are working hard to find out more details about what happened during and after the collision.

“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 soon as possible.

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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