Woman arrested over hit and run death

Saturday 16 November 2013 02:34

Police investigating the suspected hit-and-run killing of a young boy have today arrested a woman.

Sam Riddall, 11, died after a car mounted the pavement and ran into him as he walked home from a church youth service in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, on Friday, May 1.

His parents Martin and Rachel launched a public appeal for the owner of the car, 27-year-old Hannah Saaf, to turn herself in.

An Avon and Somerset police spokesman said a 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving at 12.30pm today.

The spokesman said: "The woman was arrested on the outskirts of Pensford near Bristol following a call to police by a member of the public.

"Police officers attended the area and located the woman who is now in custody at a Bristol police station.

"Officers investigating this incident would like to thank the media and the public for their help with this case."

Sam was walking along with Dr Peter Harbord, the father of one of his friends, and three other children at around 9.15pm after leaving a youth club service at the nearby Henleaze and Westbury Community Church.

Police said a white Ford Focus estate car was travelling along Eastfield Road towards the centre of the village when it collided with the group.

The three other children involved in the incident, all thought to be aged 11, were uninjured while Dr Harbord received minor injuries and was released from hospital later that evening.

Following the incident the police took the unusual step of releasing the name and image of Ms Saaf, from Kingsdown, Bristol, as they began a high profile search for her.

Mr Riddall, 45 and his 39-year-old wife, who have three other sons aged five, nine and 14, described Sam as "the most wonderful of boys".

Paying tribute, they said: "We miss him very much indeed. And we wish he was here with us every second of the day."