Three-year-old in critical condition after being hit by stolen van in police chase

2018-10-31 10:29
Leo Durrington. (PHOTO: Greater Manchester Police)

Leo Durrington. (PHOTO: Greater Manchester Police)

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A three-year-old boy is fighting for his life after he was hit by a stolen van fleeing police.

Leo Durrington was critically injured in the collision which took place in Leigh, Greater Manchester, England, on Tuesday morning.

Police officers said the youngster had been walking with his mother and nine-year-old sister near to a pub, The Mirror reports.

A white van, which police were in pursuit of, mounted the pavement and hit Leo. His sister and mother were unharmed.

The driver didn’t stop at the scene and raced off, Metro reports. Police stopped at the scene to help the little boy.

Paramedics later arrived and took Leo to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The van has since been recovered, Sky News reports. Two teenagers, a 15 and 16-year old, were arrested on the Tuesday evening following a hit-and-run collision.

The 16-year old was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, failing to report a collision and failing to stop following a collision.

While the other teen was arrested on suspicion of allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle.

Sargent Lee Westhead of the serious collision investigation unit, told the Guardian the arrest was thanks to the quick work of their officers, and information received from the public.

“I would like to thank everyone who has come forward to police with information so far but our investigation does not stop here, and I would ask anyone with information about what happened to please get in touch with police.

“Leo is still in a critical condition in hospital, and my thoughts are with him and his family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Sources: The Mirror, Sky News, MetroGuardian 

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