8-year-old boy dies following collision in Ashton-under-Lyne

A boy has died following a collision in Ashton-Under-Lyne.

Tributes left at the scene in Ashton-under-Lyne

Shortly after 8.15pm yesterday evening (Thursday 23 July 2020) police were called to Ryecroft Street in Ashton-Under-Lyne to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian.

A boy began to cross the road when he was struck by a black BMW.
The boy, aged eight, was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries.

He has since sadly died.

A 33-year-old man 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 otherwise in accordance with a driving licence and not having third party insurance in place.

A second man aged 21 has been arrested in connection with the incident 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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