Lily Morris, is believed to have been on her way to ‘the chippy’ around 5pm on December 18 with her best friend, when they were both struck by a red Land Rover Discovery
A “heartbroken” mum whose 10-year-old daughter was killed by a driver allegedly “under the influence” just days before Christmas, told pals: “It feels like a bad dream”.
Lily Morris, is believed to have been on her way to “the chippy” around 5pm on Saturday with her best friend, when they were both struck by a red Land Rover Discovery.
Locals desperately tried to save Lily’s life, before the paramedics arrived but she was taken to hospital where she tragically died a short time later.
Her best friend was also taken to hospital with an ankle and head injury where she remains in a stable condition.
Yesterday eyewitnesses told how the driver allegedly careered into the girls near a bus stop in Oldham, Lancashire, not far from their homes, then crashed into a lamp post before driving off with bits of it left on his bonnet.
Greater Manchester Police on Sunday confirmed a 42-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving under the influence.
He remains in custody for questioning.
On Sunday shocked witnesses told how they desperately tried to save the girls, one giving her CPR until the emergency services arrived and another wrapping them in dressing gowns to keep them warm as they lay injured.
One woman, who asked not to be named, said: “It was two girls, I heard a crash, opened my window, and my neighbour yelled at me to come outside as he said there’s a girl that’s been knocked over so I ran outside.
“One of them got knocked over and was being worked on outside mine. I gave them both my dressing gowns to keep them warm as they didn’t have any parents in the area and I just wanted to look after them since they couldn’t.
“The other girl was near the bus stop on her side, the other was on the grass in the dark but we found her and then I rang for help.”
Another witness, who didn’t wish to be named, said of the girl: “I could tell she was in a bad way because when I went over I couldn’t feel any pulse and a police officer later arrived and took over the CPR.”
A spokesman for the force said: “At around 5pm yesterday (18 December), police were called to reports of a collision on Coleridge Road, Oldham between a red Land Rover Discovery and two children.
“Following the collision with the two children, the car then collided with a lamp post.
“Emergency services attended and a 10-year-old girl was taken to hospital with serious injuries where, despite the best work of hospital staff, she sadly died a short time later.
“The other child was taken to hospital with an ankle and head injury where she remains in a stable condition.”
Detectives have appealed for information and are urging anyone with dashcam footage of the Land Rover during or before the collision to get in touch.
Sergeant Matthew Waggett said: “Our thoughts are with the little girl’s family at this unimaginably difficult time.
“Whilst we have arrested a man, we are continuing at pace with our investigation as we work to establish the full circumstances of this collision.
“This collision happened at a busy time of day and we are hopeful that there are a number of witnesses who can assist police with their enquiries.”
The community yesterday told of their horror, Phil Starr wrote: “Unimaginable for the family, utterly awful.”
A JustGiving page has been set up saying: “Lily was a happy bubbly lovely little girl who loved TikTok.
“She had 100s of friends who attended Hodge Clough Primary. Lily’s family and her best friend who was with her at the time are heartbroken.”
Neighbours of her family also paid tribute to “lovely” Lily who had a “beautiful smile”.
One said: “She was just a lovely child and always such a happy little girl. It’s so sad what’s happened.”
Another added: “She had a beautiful smile and hair and was always smiling.”