Tuesday 21 November 2017

Hunt for two men after girl (4) dies in her mother's arms following 'hit-and-run' incident

Undated handout photo issued by Merseyside Police of Violet Grace Youens, 4, who died in her mother's arms days after she was mown down in a hit-and-run. Photo: Merseyside Police/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by Merseyside Police of Violet Grace Youens, 4, who died in her mother's arms days after she was mown down in a hit-and-run. Photo: Merseyside Police/PA Wire
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A four-year-old girl has died in her mother's arms days after she was mown down in a hit-and-run.

Violet-Grace Youens and her grandmother Angela French were struck by a stolen black Ford Fiesta while walking through St Helens, Merseyside.

Her mother Rebecca Youens paid tribute to her "brave baby girl" after she died in hospital on Saturday.

"My beautiful baby girl passed away in my arms on 25/03/2017 at 23:38," she said in a Facebook post.

"Thank you for all your well wishes... she was just too poorly.

"However, my brave baby girl saved two lives by donating her kidneys and pancreas.

"I am truly heartbroken but proud of my little fighter."

Her family added in a statement: "Devastated by the loss of their beautiful daughter but they wanted the organ donations to benefit other children and give them a chance to lead long and happy lives".

Ms French (55) is in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Two men were caught on CCTV fleeing the scene after the crash in Prescot Road at around 3pm on Friday.

Police are appealing for information about the pair, who ran away on foot.

The first man is described as white, aged 15-20, around 5ft 10in tall, slim build, with brown hair and wearing a royal blue t-shirt and royal blue shorts.

The second is also described as white, aged 15-20, with brown medium length hair and wearing a black t-shirt and black shorts and dark trainers.

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