A 11-year-old schoolboy is today fighting for his life after he and another youngster were struck by a car on Sunday evening (December 11).
Emergency crews were called to Prescot Road, near to the junction with Dunriding Lane, at about 6pm after two 11-year-old Cowley International College pupils - one boy and one girl - were struck by a blue BMW as it headed out of St Helens.
Paramedics treated both victims at scene before taking them to hospital, while police informed both families.
The girl’s condition was not life-threatening however the boy’s condition was described on Monday as “serious but stable” after he underwent surgery at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, December 13) a police spokesman confirmed that the boy’s condition had been re-classified as “critical”.
The driver of the BMW, a 24-year-old St Helens man, stopped at the scene of the crash and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit and under the influence of drugs.
He has since been bailed by police pending further inquiries.
Prescot Road was cordoned off for several hours while road traffic collision investigators carried out a forensic examination of the scene.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the collision investigation team 0151 777 5444 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.