Police have launched a manhunt for a suspected hit-and-run driver after a seven-year-old boy was struck down and left ‘dying in the middle of the road’.
The youngster was killed in Folkestone, Kent around 5.35pm yesterday after being knocked down on Sandgate Esplanade near the junction with Prospect Road.
Emergency services rushed to the site of the collision, but despite efforts to save his life, the boy died at the scene. His family has been notified.
Two vehicles were involved in the crash, including one that fled the scene before police arrived.
Kent Police has have now launched an appeal to identify the driver and have encouraged witnesses or anyone with video of the incident to come forward.
The child was knocked down on Sandgate Esplanade around 5.35pm before the driver ‘left him dying in the middle of the road’
The boy was killed in a collision near that town centre that involved an unidentified car or van and a red Citroen car.
Police say the driver of the unidentified vehicle fled in the direction of Hythe before first responders arrived on scene.
Anyone who witnessed the collision – or saw either the victim or vehicles involved in moments leading up to it – is urged to contact police.
Information can be reported to the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538 quoting reference MM/DGC/130/23 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The force has also asked drivers and local residents to check their dashcams or CCTV for any footage that may aid in the investigation.