Girl, 11, killed after being hit by car in horror crash as family pay tribute
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An 11-year-old girl has died after being hit by a car in a horror crash.
Ruby Cropper was fatally injured when she was struck by the vehicle while crossing the road with a friend, close to her home in Bury, Greater Manchester on Monday. She died in hospital earlier today.
Ruby's friend was not injured in the incident. The driver of the vehicle, a Suzuki Alto, left the scene after the crash.
A 35-year-old man later made contact with police and was arrested. He has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Ruby's family say they have been left "devastated" by her loss, but have paid tribute to her memory, saying: “As Ruby was such a kind and caring person and always helped others she has continued to do this in organ donation."
They added: "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.”
Greater Manchester Police have issued an appeal for any information or footage of the incident to aid their enquiries.
Police Constable Phil Drummond, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, told the Manchester Evening News: “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.
He added: "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 should call police on 0161 856 4741 quoting log of August 10.
Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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