Men arrested after girl, 4, dies after being struck by car

Men arrested after girl, 4, dies after being struck by car

A man has been held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a girl was struck by a car.

Four-year-old Violet Grace Youens died on Saturday, a day after the vehicle mounted the pavement in St Helens.

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

The man held, 27 and of St Helens, is also detained on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Another man, aged 23 and of Prescot, was arrested on suspicion of being a passenger in a stolen vehicle, Merseyside Police added.


He has been released pending further inquiries.

The crash in Prescot Road involved a black Ford Fiesta, which then crashed into a lamppost.

Police issued CCTV images of two men, aged about 15-20, they want to speak to who were seen running away from the area.

Men arrested after girl, 4, dies after being struck by car

Violet's mother Rebecca agreed to donate her daughter's pancreas and kidneys following her death, police said.

She 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!"

An online page raising money for Violet's family has so far reached ?9,000.



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