Shrewsbury girl, 11 dies after being hit by 4x4

Mytton Oak Road Image copyright Shropshire Star
Image caption The girl was walking down Mytton Oak Road when she was hit by the 4x4

An 11-year-old girl has died after being hit by a 4x4 in Shropshire.

Paramedics were called to Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury at 16:18 BST on Thursday. The St George's Junior School pupil was taken to hospital with serious head injuries but later died.

A 77-year-old man from Shrewsbury was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.

Police said he has been released under investigation while inquiries continue.

Chief Inspector Alison Davies has urged people to come forward with information.

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Image caption Police said the driver of the 4x4, a 77-year-old man, was in custody

"We are in the very early stages of the investigation and I would urge anyone who witnessed the collision, or saw the vehicle beforehand, to contact us on 101 quoting reference 528s of 15 June as soon as possible," she said.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the driver declined treatment at the scene.

Sharon Munro, headteacher at St George's Junior School, said: "It is with great sadness that I must confirm that a pupil from our school has tragically died after being hit by a car whilst making her way home yesterday.

"This is an incredibly difficult time for us all, but especially for her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we ask that people respect their privacy at this difficult time."

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