A 16-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being knocked over in a hit-and-run in Wirral.
Emergency services were called to Grange Road in West Kirby shortly after 7pm, to reports that a small silver car had hit a pedestrian.
The boy, who has been named on social media but we are not publishing the name to respect the families privacy, is believed to attend Calday Grange Sixth Form was treated at the scene by paramedics after suffering serious head injuries.
He was then taken to the Walton Centre for further treatment. He remains in a critical condition.
Police said the car was being driven at speed just before the crash and drove off towards Hoylake.
Grange Road was closed from its junction with Bridge Road to the junction with Orrysdale Road and at the junction with Dee Lane, but has since reopened this morning.
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Mahon said: “At this stage of the investigation the full circumstances of the incident are still being established but one line of enquiry is that the car had been driven at speed prior to the collision.
“I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who may have seen a small silver car being driven in the area before or after 7pm to come forward.
“The vehicle may have sustained damage as a result of the collision and may have been parked up or even abandoned. Anyone who has seen such a vehicle is urged to contact us straight away.”
At Milan restaurant, on Banks Road, worker Martin O’Neill said customers were shocked over the incident.
He said: “People have been asking what’s happened and were shocked that a hit and run has happened.
“Everyone is concerned for the boy especially with him being so young.”
A worker at Curio restaurant in Banks Road, who did not want to be named, told a local newspaper people were talking about the incident when he visited nearby One Stop shop earlier.
He said: “Everyone’s shocked. A woman was telling people in the shop that a young boy was laying in the road and a car made off. Let’s hope the boy pulls through.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact MSOC Roads Policing on 0151 777 5747 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.