An 11-year-old boy has died after being after being the victim of a hit-and-run collision in Greater Manchester.
Police said the child was hit by a car on Moss Street West at the junction with Mowbray Street in Ashton-under-Lyne at around 4.45pm
He died in hospital a short time later and the car, believed to be a dark grey or black Mercedes A or B class, did not stop at the scene.
Sergeant Paul Higgins, of the serious collision investigation unit, said: “A child has tragically been killed in a collision and we are doing all we can to trace the driver of the vehicle.
“While we are in the early stages of our investigation we believe the car involved is a dark grey or black Mercedes A or B class and it will have damage to the front nearside headlight.
“We would ask if anyone saw the vehicle around the time of the collision, or has seen it since, that they contact us.
“It may be the vehicle has been parked up and left somewhere nearby so I would ask people living in the area to check outside their house and call us if they see a vehicle matching the description.”
According to an eyewitness the boy was leaving a mosque on the junction when the incident occurred.
The witness, who works at a tyre shop close to the scene, told the Manchester Evening News: “The car went straight past our place really fast.
“It knocked the little boy over and he went flying up into the air.
“The boy was coming out of the mosque. He lives locally. I went to help him, but he was gone. He was helpless.”
Additional reporting by Press Association