Boy remains in critical condition after being hit by police vehicle in Lancaster | UK News
An 11-year-old boy remains in critical condition after being hit by a police vehicle in Lancaster.
A senior officer said his “thoughts and prayers” are with his family after they were hit by the vehicle with its headlights on responding to an emergency.
Lancashire Police Chief Superintendent Karen Edwards spoke to the press this afternoon.
The boy was left in critical condition in hospital and remains seriously injured, she confirmed.
He was first taken to Lancaster Royal Infirmary but was later transferred to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool for further treatment.
The senior police officer did not answer questions after reading a statement.
The child was crossing Owen Road just before 8.30pm on Thursday evening when he was hit.
An investigation into the police’s handling of the crash is ongoing by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
A spokesman for the IOPC Fund said its investigation began at 10:37 p.m. Thursday.
In an updated statement today, the watchdog said: ‘Our investigation will relate to the actions of Lancashire Police officers, prior to the collision.
The IOPC Fund’s Regional Director, Catherine Bates, added: “This is an incredibly tragic incident and my thoughts are with the boy, his family and everyone affected by the incident.
“It is mandatory for the forces to report incidents like this to us, which result in death or serious injury, and our investigation will thoroughly examine the circumstances prior to the collision, including whether appropriate policies and procedures were followed. “
Police had appealed for any information after the incident, including nearby CCTV or dashcam footage, adding: ‘Our thoughts are with the child’s loved ones at this time.