Driver hands him­self in to po­lice after 11-year-old boy killed in hit-and-run

The Herald - - NEWS - KIM PILLING

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.

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