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13 October 2016, 13:21
A seven-year-old boy has died after being hit by a car in Poole.
It happened on Sherborn Crescent in Canford Heath on Wednesday morning (12 October), while he was walking to school with his parents. The collision happened at around 8.09am.
Police say he was taken to Poole Hospital with critical injuries but passed away that afternoon. His family is being supported by specially trained officers.
The car involved was a silver Peugeot 107. No one else was injured.
The road was closed at the junctions with Seatown Close, Henbury Close and Chetnole Close while emergency services dealt with the scene.
Lots of people have been leaving messages of condolence online.
More than 2,100 people have now signed an online petition calling for 'dangerous road' Sherborn Crescent to be made safer by the council.
Julian McLaughlin, Head of Transportation Services, Borough of Poole, said:
"Our thoughts are of course with the boy's family and friends at this difficult time.
"The incident is still under investigation by the Police and causes remain unclear. As the relevant Highway Authority our officers will work closely with the Police as the investigation continues."
Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police's Road Policing Team, said:
"It is with great sadness I inform you that the boy involved in the collision this morning has died. Our thoughts are with his family.
"Officers are continuing to liaise with local schools to give reassurances and to offer assistance at this difficult time.
"There were a number of people in the area at the time of the collision and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed what happened, and has not yet spoken to police, to please contact us as soon as possible."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email email@example.com or by calling 101, quoting incident number 12:70. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.