Girl, 11, killed in hit-and-run crash while crossing road with friend in Bury

A YOUNG girl has died today after a horrific hit-and-run crash while crossing the road with her friend.

Ruby Cooper, 11, was hit by a blue Suzuki Alto while crossing a road in Bury, Manchester at around 4.30pm on Monday.



She had been crossing the road with her friend and suffered critical injuries. Ruby's friend was not hurt.

Ruby was rushed to hospital where she received urgent treatment, but sadly she died today.

Ruby’s mum and two dads have paid tribute to her, saying: “As Ruby was such a kind and caring person and always helped others she has continued to do this in organ donation.

"Ruby's legacy will live on and we have taken great comfort in this.  Our family would urge anyone in these tragic circumstances to follow in Ruby's footsteps and be an organ donor.  

“We are all absolutely devastated and a part of us has died today too.  Our lives will never be the same again.”

The driver did not stop after hitting Ruby.

A 35-year-old man contacted police about the crash a short time later and he was arrested.

He has since been released on bail, pending further enquiries.

Police Constable Phil Drummond, of Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is a desperately sad incident and our thoughts are with Ruby’s friends and family at this terrible and heart-breaking time. Our specialist officers are providing them with support.

“It is important that we ensure that we establish the full circumstances of this incident, and therefore I am appealing to the public to provide us with any information they can to help us with our investigation.

“We also would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a blue Suzuki Alto travelling around the Whitefield and Radcliffe areas between 4.15-4.30pm. Whatever information you have, please get in touch”.

Anyone with any information has been asked to call police on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 2294 of 10/08/2020.

Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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