Murder probe after hit-and-run
A BOY of 12 was killed and five people were injured when a car mounted the pavement outside a school yesterday.
Police have begun a murder investigation and are hunting for the driver of the silver Ford Ka, who sped off after the crash.
Hundreds of children were walking out of the gates at Debden High School in Loughton, Essex, when the car hurtled towards them at 3.20pm.
The vehicle flung pupils into the air, while others managed to leap out of the way. The 12-year-old boy was taken to hospital but doctors were unable to save the youngster.
Essex Police said two 15-year-old boys, a 13-year-old boy, a girl of 16 and a 53-year-old woman were either treated at the scene or taken to hospital after the incident, which was not thought to be linked to terrorism.
Their injuries are not said to be life-threatening. All the children involved attended Debden High School, police said. A father, whose daughter was hit by the car, said: ‘Her friend was bounced on to the bonnet before another boy was hit very badly.
‘The car drove off and the police arrived quickly. My daughter is safe, but the wing mirror clipped her.’
One witness described the driver – thought to be male – as a ‘maniac’ and another said there was ‘utter pandemonium and panic’.
Inspector Rob Brettell said the case was likely to be a ‘prolonged and serious investigation’ and urged witnesses to come forward.