Schoolboy left fighting for life after Bow Road hit-and-run collision

Photo: Peter Ball

Pic: Peter Ball

A hit-and-run driver left an 11-year-old boy in a serious condition after knocking him down outside Bow Road Station yesterday morning.

Police were called to the scene on Bow Road, Tower Hamlets, at 8.13am and the boy was rushed to the major trauma centre at an east London hospital by London’s Air Ambulance.

His head injuries are said to be life-threatening and life-changing. Scotland Yard said the child was hit while crossing the road on his way to school.

A vehicle was found abandoned not far from the scene by officers nearby and an 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop shortly after at an address in Tower Hamlets.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called at 08:13am on Friday, November 25 to Bow Road, Tower Hamlets, to reports of a road traffic collision.”

The spokesperson added: “It was reported that a vehicle had been in collision with a child pedestrian. The injuries are believed to be life-threatening”.

Police say they are keen to speak to a dog-walker who may have seen the car, a silver/grey Audi A2, being abandoned near Bow Cemetery.

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We sent an ambulance crew, a single responder in a car and an incident response officer to the scene. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance.

We treated a boy at the scene for a head injury and took him as a priority to a major trauma centre in east London.”

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation should call detectives from the Roads and Transport Policing Command on 020 8597 4874, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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