MURDER PROBE: BOY, 12, MOWN DOWN IN SCHOOL HIT AND RUN
A BOY aged 12 was killed yesterday after a “maniac” drove his car into crowds of children outside a secondary school.
Police last night confirmed they were treating the incident as murder.
Shocked witnesses said the driver had tried to mow down pupils at a different school nearby just minutes earlier.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We have launched a murder investigation following a fatal collision in Loughton.A 12-year-old boy has sadly died.”
The driver is believed to have fled the scene and a manhunt had begun last night. Four pupils were injured and a 53-year-old woman.
Stunned father Darren Lock said: “A maniac in a silver Ford Ka tried to run over children at one school, before being successful outside my daughter’s school.”
Natasha De Oliveira Rodrigues said: “Can’t believe there are evil people out there that could do this sort of thing.”
Loughton town councillor Stephen Murray said: “This is very disturbing news to hear. Let’s hope and pray for the very best outcomes when the picture clarifies.”
The collision happened near Debden Park High School.
Minutes earlier a similar incident had been reported at nearby Roding Valley High School.
Eight police cars and five ambulances were at the scene while Essex & Herts Air Ambulance said it had treated “a number of patients”.
In a statement last night, the police said: “We have launched a murder investigation following a fatal collision near a school in #Loughton.
“We were called just after 3.20pm yesterday to reports that a number of pedestrians had been involved in an incident with a silver Ka. A 12-year-old local boy was taken to hospital, where he sadly died.
“A number of other casualties were reported, but none are believed to be life-changing or life-threatening.
“They were either treated at the scene or were taken to hospital following the incident.
“These include two 15-year-old boys, one 13-year-old boy, one 16-year-old girl and a 53-year-old woman.
“We believe that all of the teenagers were pupils at Debden
Park High School.
“Officers from across the county are working diligently to identify the vehicle, and its driver, who failed to stop at the scene.”
Essex Police are appealing for help to find a silver Ford Ka following the collision.
Inspector Rob Brettell added: “We are trying to locate and find a silver Ford Ka which is likely to have damage to the front of the car.
“If you have seen this, know where it is or believe you can help please urgently contact @ EssexPoliceUK on 999.”
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Kirby, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “This has been a truly shocking incident and my deepest sympathies are with all those involved.
“I would like to thank the many members of the public who have called us with information and spoken to our officers, as well as those who provided crucial medical assistance at the scene.
“I would urge anyone with information, dash cam footage, or who may have seen anything on social media that they think could be crucial, to call us.”
Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111 or by submitting a report through their website.
A murder investigation has been launched following the fatal incident near Debden Park High School in Essex