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Two arrested after six-year-old girl killed by car

A man and a woman are being questioned about the death of the girl in Smethwick, West Midlands.

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of causing the death of a six-year-old girl by dangerous driving.

Police said a man aged 27 and a 26-year-old woman were being questioned about the death of the girl, who was hit by a car in Smethwick, West Midlands, late on Saturday.

Witnesses said the girl was with a man who appeared to be her father when she was knocked down at a pedestrian crossing on the Oldbury Road dual carriageway at about 10.50pm.

Detective Constable Damian Gibson said: “We are investigating the circumstances leading to this tragic event.

“Although we have two in custody, we’re appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have CCTV which can help with our inquiries.

“There may be motorists who’ve captured the incident on dash-cams and if so I’d ask them to also get in touch as they could have important information.

“The family are receiving support from family liaison officers and our thoughts are with them at this very sad time.”

Local traders and residents said a group of youths went to the aid of the girl after she was injured.

A worshipper at a nearby Islamic community centre said the incident happened shortly after prayers had ended at about 10.40pm.

The man, who asked not be named, said. “I know the father. The girl was just a lovely, happy, smiling child. This is a terrible tragedy, it’s just so sad.”

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