Motorist leaves six-year-old to die after accident

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A motorist drove away from an accident that cost the life of a girl aged six.

The driver stopped to take a look after hitting Leonie Shaw on Saturday evening but then got back in his car and disappeared without offering any help. The girl died in hospital 12 hours later with her mother Michelle, by her side.

Leonie had been playing with friends at a swing park near her home when they decided to go to a shop on the other side of the A688 in Bishop Auckland, Co Durham. As she followed a friend to a central traffic island, she was hit by a turquoise H-registration Rover 827si and was thrown on to the opposite carriageway.

She had emergency surgery for severe head, back and internal injuries but died early yesterday morning

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