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Schoolboy, 7, dies in tragic car crash as 55-year-old driver taken into custody for careless driving

The boy's name and personal details have not been revealed while police are asking the public to come forward with any details that could aid in the case
(Representative picture, Getty Images)
(Representative picture, Getty Images)

PLYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM: A seven-year-old Devon schoolboy tragically died after being hit by a car. The driver, 55, has been arrested with the law enforcement believing that it was reckless driving that led to the unfortunate accident. The boy's name has not been revealed and he was taken to a hospital, where he died. The collision is said to have happened near the Plymstock Albion Oaks Rugby Club in Wembury Road, Plymstock.

Police arrived at the scene shortly after the crash, which is believed to have taken place around 11.10am on Sunday, February 19. “A seven-year-old boy sustained serious injuries and was taken to the hospital by land ambulance. Police have since been informed that he has sadly died. His next of kind have been informed,” a police spokesperson said, per the Daily Mail, adding “A 55-year-old man from Plymouth has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. He remains in police custody at this time.”


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Police seek information

As of now, Wembury Road has been closed to the public to facilitate investigations by the Roads Policing Team. The public has also been encouraged to share any dash cam footage or information regarding the accident that would help with the inquiry on the Devon and Cornwall Police website.

Not the only crash involving a child in recent times

As devastating as the death is, this is not the only road accident involving a child in the recent times. MEAWW had recently reported about a car crash in Kansas that resulted in the death of a child. The horrific incident happened when the driver of the vehicle, which the child was in, was trying to negotiate a curve on the U83. Things went downhill from there as the vehicle then left the road for the northbound shoulder. The car overcorrected and entered into a side skid, resulting in it eventually ending up in a ditch. The other people in the car, who were below 18, sustained grave injuries.