A two-year-old boy who was walking was his mother was hit by a police car on a suburban street.
The toddler was taken to hospital by ambulance from the scene after being injured when he was hit, just as schools were closing for the day – when his mother screamed, “Help me thank you.”
People living in the Pen-y-Cae suburb of Wrexham, North Wales, said they were walking with a woman and another child when he was hit at school closing time Friday afternoon.
Neighbor Vanessa Jones, 30, said: “The mother was hysterical. When I got there, the little boy was trying to get up.”
People living on the street heard screams and a loud bang as the crash happened outside their home around 3.30pm.
Miss Jones said, “I was upstairs in the bedroom and I could hear some screams.”
She sat with the child as neighbor Hiram Evans, 55, took a pillow, blanket and teddy bear to the child while they waited with the officers for an ambulance.
Evans said: “He was conscious all the time. The ambulance was immediately on the scene.”
An air ambulance landed on the spot, but the boy was driven by ambulance to the nearby Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
Some residents said they were unable to enter their home during a period when a roadblock and several police cars remained at the scene.
North Wales Police have asked anyone who may have seen the incident, or who has information or dashcam footage, to come forward.
Police did not confirm the child’s gender nor did they receive an update on the medical condition.
In a statement, North Wales Police said: “A road traffic collision was reported at Ffordd Llanerch in Pen y Cae involving a police car and a pedestrian who was a two-year-old child.
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“Colleagues from the Welsh ambulance service also took part in the incident and the child has been taken to hospital.”
PC Kelly Ellis said: “We appeal to anyone who was in the area or may have witnessed the collision that took place around 3.30pm to contact us.
“We are asking people to avoid the area for the time being, while officers are conducting investigations on the spot.
“Witnesses or anyone with information or dash cam footage that could assist the investigation should contact North Wales Police.”