Suspect released on bail after 5-year-old girl was killed in collision with car

A suspect has been released on bail after a five-year-old girl was killed in a collision with a car. The 63-year-old suspect, from the Stoke area, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving shortly after the tragedy.

Floral tributes and soft toys have now been left at Waterside Drive, Blurton, where the collision happened on Friday April 1. Toys include soft bunnies and piggies, plus a Shrek doll.

And police today issued an urgent appeal for witnesses as they investigate the girl’s death. The youngster, who was found in cardiac arrest, was pronounced dead a short time later by paramedics.

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Staffordshire Police have confirmed that following the collision – which involved a gray Volkswagen Touran – a 63-year-old man from the Stoke-on-Trent area was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving .

Today, the force says the man has been released on conditional police bail while investigations continue. And officers are now appealing for witnesses to come forward as an investigation into the fatal collision – which saw police called at 5.52pm – continues.

A police spokeswoman said today: ‘Officers are asking for information and witnesses following the death of a five-year-old girl in a collision in Stoke-on-Trent on Friday April 1. Police have been called at 5.52pm on Waterside Drive, Blurton, following reports of a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian.

“Officers attended the scene and the girl was found in cardiac arrest following a collision involving a gray Volkswagen Touran. Unfortunately, she was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly thereafter. Her family is supported by specially trained agents in this difficult period.




“A 63-year-old man from the Stoke-on-Trent area, arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, has been released on conditional police bail while the investigation continues. Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who may have relevant dash cam footage of the area at the time.”

The spokeswoman added: ‘Members of the public are reminded not to speculate on the circumstances of the incident on social media while the investigation continues.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact the force via Facebook or Twitter, or by calling 101 and quoting incident 546 of April 1. You can also contact the Collision Investigation Unit directly on ciu@staffordshire.police.uk.

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