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Four held as second girl dies after New Year's Eve hit-and-run

By Jack Hardy, Sally Wardle and Pat Hurst

The second girl mowed down in a fatal hit-and-run collision in England on New Year's Eve has died.

Zaneta Krokova (11) was holding the hand of her 12-year-old cousin Helina Kotlarova when they were hit by a blue Peugeot 807 in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

The girls had just come out of a shop near their homes when they were struck in Ashton Road at around 7.15pm.

Greater Manchester Police said Miss Krokova died yesterday morning. Her cousin was killed at the scene.

Four men aged 59, 48, 38 and 18 were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and are in custody for questioning. A fifth man (23) was released with no further action being taken and is assisting police with their enquiries.

Detectives were initially hunting for a black VW Golf, but said they had since traced the driver and determined the Peugeot was involved instead.

The car that hit the girls was found abandoned on nearby Honeywell Lane, police said.

The older girl's parents Sylva and Robert raced to the scene, but she was declared dead by medics as her distraught mother stroked her hair.

On New Year's Day the family of seven sisters and one brother, who came to England from the Czech Republic eight years ago, sat in tears, mourning the 12-year-old.

Her father sat with his head in his hands, his wife weeping, while other upset members of the family sat in silence in the kitchen of their terraced home.

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