Girl, 11, dies after hit-and-run

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Published: Saturday 15th November 2014 by The News Editor

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An 11-year-old girl has died after she, another child and a man were struck by a car in a hit-and-run on a city street.

Sophie Brannan, her 10-year-old friend and the friend’s uncle were hit by a black Vauxhall Astra which mounted the pavement in the Maryhill area of Glasgow yesterday evening.

The driver failed to stop and the car was later found abandoned in a nearby street.

Both girls were taken to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill in Glasgow where Sophie died today.

Her friend, who suffered serious head and leg injuries, remains in hospital.

The 36-year-old man is still being treated at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow.

Police appealed for information about the incident which happened in Sandbank Street, Maryhill, at around 7.40pm yesterday.

Detective Inspector Colin Hailstones said: “This was an horrific incident. Sophie, her friend and her friend’s uncle, had been out to the local shops when the incident happened.

“Sandbank Street and Maryhill Road are very busy and there were a lot of people about; many of whom tried to help at the scene. We have spoken to them and a number of people who were in the area and are currently checking CCTV to identify the person responsible for this dreadful incident which has left her family devastated.

“The driver of the car is described as white, 25-35 years of age, of medium build and had short shaven hair. He was wearing a dark coloured jacket, dark denims and white trainers and was last seen running off towards the canal path after abandoning the car in Lochburn Street.

“Somebody out there knows who this person is and I would appeal to them to contact police re his whereabouts. I would also say to the man himself to hand himself in – it’s only a matter of time before we track him down.”

He asked anyone who may have been travelling or in the area of Sandbank Street or Maryhill Road at the relevant time and witnessed the incident to call 101 with information or alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.

Detectives and specialist road policing officers are carrying out extensive inquiries.

Police said that Sandbank Street may be closed for a short time today to allow officers to further examine the scene.

After hitting the group the driver continued heading south on Sandbank Street, then into Maryhill Road and finally Lochburn Street where the car was abandoned.

Published: Saturday 15th November 2014 by The News Editor

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