Man arrested after four-year-old girl dies in a hit-and-run

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A man has been arrested following a hit and run in which a four-year-old girl has died. Violet-Grace Youens died in hospital on Saturday after being hit by a car when it mounted the pavement on Prescot Road.

Detectives are currently hunting for the driver of the black Ford Fiesta that hit her in St Helens, Merseyside on Friday, March 24 at around 3pm.

Violet’s mother Rebecca Youens said: “My beautiful baby girl passed away in my arms on 25/03/2017 at 23:38.

Thank you for all your well wishes. She was just too poorly“, she added.

The girl’s 55-year-old grandmother, Angela French, was also hit by the car and currently remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The man, 27 and from St Helens, is also held in custody of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. As well as this, another man, aged 23 and from Prescot, was arrested on suspicion of being a passenger in a stolen vehicle which was suspected to be doing between 60 and 70mph before going through a red light. He has been released pending further inquiries.

Police have released CCTV images of two men, who are aged 15-20, that they want to speak to who were seen running away from the area. Detective Chief Inspector Chris Sephton has said that one of the men pictured fleeing the scene was no longer in the country.

Violet’s mother Rebecca agreed to donate her daughter’s pancreas and kidneys following her death and posted a tribute to her daughter on Facebook saying: “my brave baby girl saved two lives by donating her kidneys and pancreas. I am truly heartbroken but proud of my little fighter!”

In a statement the family said they were “devastated by the loss of their beautiful daughter but wanted the organ donations to benefit other children and give them a chance to lead long and happy lives.”

Tributes have been left at the spot where Violet-Grace was hit. There is also an online page raising money for Violet’s family, which has currently reached £9,600 so far.