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Police launch appeal to trace Uxbridge hit-and-run driver

, 8:50 am, Friday, 6 January, 2012

Police are appealing for information following a road traffic accident on the Cowley Road that left a five-year-old boy in a life-threatening condition.

The traffic island on the Cowley Road where the accident happened, near the Tesco Metro/Esso Garage. Image via Google Maps.

The driver of the car did not stop at the scene and officers are now taking all steps available in order to trace whoever they are. Early rumours that the driver abandoned the car and fled the scene do not appear to be true.

The incident occurred shortly before 4.15pm in Cowley Road, at the junction with Benbow Waye, when a car hit the boy.

West Londoner reader Lisa Riddle said: “A friend of mine was there when it happened. The location is the island on the Cowley Road as you’re pulling out of Benbow Waye, near the Tesco garage. He was with his carer and older brother.

“He was holding her hand but because he was dragging behind a bit, he was the only one to be hit.”

The boy suffered serious head injuries and has been taken to a central London hospital where he remains in a life-threatening condition. His next of kin are aware of his situation.

Detective Sergeant Dave Tanner, based at Alperton traffic garage, said: “This incident has left a young boy in a very serious condition in hospital, and I would urge anyone who believes they might be able to assist this investigation to contact us as soon as possible.”

Anybody with information should call the witness hotline on 020 8998 5319, or speak anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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