Four-year-old girl knocked down by hit and run driver dies

Violet-Grace Youens
Violet-Grace Youens

A four-year-old girl mown down by a hit and run driver in St Helens on Friday has died.

Violet-Grace Youens’ family released a statement on social media in the small hours of this morning (Sunday).

She passed away shortly before midnight on Saturday (March 25).

Violet-Grace and her grandmother were hit by a stolen Ford Fiesta on Prescot Road in St Helens at around 3pm.

Her devastated mum Rebecca said: “My beautiful baby girl passed away in my arms at 23.38pm.

“She was just too poorly. However, my brave baby girl saved two lives by donating her kidneys and pancreas.

“I am truly heartbroken but proud of my little fighter!”

A Go Fund Me site set up in the early hours of this morning has already raised hundreds of pounds.

Another family member, Violet-Grace’s cousin, Cherise Lancaster, posted on Facebook: “Her little body was too poorly, we are all absolutely heartbroken. Thank you everyone for your kind messages.”

Detectives have released CCTV images of two men they are hunting in connection with the incident in which a woman and the four-year-old were knocked down and seriously injured.

Two men were seen fleeing the scene after the two victims were hit by a stolen black Ford Fiesta on Prescot Road in St Helens at around 3pm on Friday (March 23).

Violet-Grace’s grandmother is believed to be in a stable but serious condition.

Officers are urging anyone with information to come forward to help the investigation.

Contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 6041 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.