8-year-old girl killed in collision on Monton Road, Salford

An eight-year-old girl has died after being hit by a car in Salford, say Greater Manchester Police.

Police were called to to Monton Road shortly before 10.40am on Saturday, following reports of a blue Vauxhall Corsa colliding with a pedestrian. An eight-year-old girl received treatment from paramedics, however she was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Police Sergeant Lee Westhead, of Greater Manchester Police’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “Tragically a young child lost her life this morning and we are doing all we can to support her family at this devastating time.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone with any information to please get in touch with my team on 0161 856 4741.”

Greater Manchester Police say they have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

This incident is just one of a number across Greater Manchester over the past 24 hours. Incidents in Heywood, Middleton and Oldham have also been reported after road traffic collisions.

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said: “Over the past 24 hours there have been multiple serious collisions across Greater Manchester.

“A number of people have sadly lost their lives and even more tragically this has included children, with one as young as eight years old.

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“Our thoughts are with the families and friends who have lost someone, as well as those who are at hospital with loved ones who are critically ill.

“I also want to recognise the actions of first responders, along with our communities, who have no doubt been affected themselves.

“We are still in the early stages of establishing the circumstances surrounding these collisions but I think they serve as a stark reminder of the importance of road safety.

“It is, and will continue to be, a priority for GMP and we are dedicated to not only policing the roads but also working with partners to educate people on its importance.

“As people get into their cars this evening, I would ask you to please recognise the safety of yourself, other road users and pedestrians.

“Simple things such as watching your speed, planning your journey so you don’t feel the need to rush, avoiding alcohol and not being distracted by your phone could ultimately save lives.

“The evenings are also getting darker earlier and winter weather can make conditions challenging. If you’re cycling you should wear high-visibility clothing and have appropriate lights. If you are walking, please consider also wearing high-vis clothing and carrying a torch.

“I would urge anyone with information about any of these collisions to please contact our Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 and help our officers understand exactly how they occurred.”

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Anyone with further information regarding the collision on Monton Road in Salford should call GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting reference number of 09/11/2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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