Driver hands himself in to police after 11-year-old boy killed in hit-and-run
TRIBUTES have been paid to an 11-year-old boy who was killed in a hit-and-run.
The child, named locally as Taylor Schofield, was treated by paramedics at the scene of the incident in Beswick, Manchester, but died of his injuries in hospital.
A grey Volkswagen Golf, believed to have been involved in the collision in Albert Street shortly after 6.10pm on Saturday, left the scene and was found abandoned a short distance away.
A 31-year-old man later handed himself in at a police station and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the suspect remained in custody for questioning yesterday.
A number of well-wishers tied floral tributes to a lamppost in Albert Street in memory of the schoolboy. One tribute read: “No words will describe how missed you will be little man. Rest in paradise.”
A black Manchester United football shirt was also tied to the post.
Residents in the area told of their shock at the death.
One neighbour said: “I didn’t know the lad to talk to but he loved my dog and would always stroke him.
“You would see him every day at the shop on his bike. “It’s so tragic.”
The neighbour, who asked not to be named, added that, for some time, residents had complained about speeding vehicles on the road where the fatal collision took place.
Constable Karl Horner, of GMP’S serious collision investigation unit, appealed for anyone with information to contact the police.
He said: “This was a tragic incident, in which a young boy lost his life, and my thoughts are with his family at this unimaginably difficult time.
“We have a man in custody but our inquiries continue as we work to establish the full circumstances which led to this collision.
“If you think you saw the driver of the grey Volkswagen Golf around the time of the collision, or if you witnessed what happened, then please get in touch with us as soon as possible.
“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have dash-cam footage of the incident or the events leading up to it.”
Tributes to the boy are laid at the scene.