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SECOND GIRL DIES IN OLDHAM 'HIT AND RUN' NEW YEAR'S EVE ACCIDENT IN WHICH 12-YEAR-OLD C


The second girl has died after an alleged New Year's Eve hit-and-run crash in Oldham.

Zaneta Krokova, 11, has passed away in hospital just days after the death of her cousin Helina Kotlarova,

The pair were holding hands crossing the road when they were allegedly mown down by a hit-and-run driver.

Helina's mother Sylva and father 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 Helina Kotlarova, 12, who was killed in a hit and run in Oldham on New Year's Eve

There have been a number of arrests

The family now face another tragedy just days later after Zaneta died this morning in hospital.

It is reported that officers were initially seeking information about a black VW Golf, however that car has since been traced and the driver spoken to.

Police have since established that a Peugeot 807 was involved in the initial collision with the girls and that car has been recovered abandoned on Honeywell Lane.

Four men aged 59, 48, 38 and 18 have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remain in custody for questioning.

A fifth man, aged 23, initially arrested for the same offence, has been de-arrested and is assisting police with enquiries.

A Peugeot 807 was involved in the initial collision with the girls (Photo: Greater Manchester Police)

It is reported that the vehicle has been recovered after it was abandoned on Honeywell Lane (Photo: Greater Manchester Police)

Greater Manchester Police sergeant Lee Westhead from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “This is a heart-breaking incident which has now taken the lives of two young girls and all of our thoughts remain with their families, who are understandably devastated.

“We have made significant progress with our investigation since the collision happened and I would like to thank everyone who has contacted police with information so far.

This white van did not collide with anyone but was in the immediate vicinity of the collision and may have key information (Photo: Greater Manchester Police)

“The community are clearly as committed as we are to establishing exactly what happened to Helena and Zaneta and the support they have provided has been vital to the investigation.

“As the investigation has progressed we have identified that the vehicle that struck the girls was a Blue Peugeot 807. We have recovered this vehicle abandoned on Honeywell Lane.

“The Peugeot is very distinctive and I am releasing pictures of the vehicle in an attempt to establish its movements on the 31 December in the hours prior to the collision.

“As you can see in the images, the vehicle is dark blue, people carrier shaped and is in poor physical condition and notably has pre-existing damage to its rear window."

He added: “Finally, I am also keen to speak to the occupants of a white Citroen Despatch van that I am also releasing an image of.

"This vehicle did not collide with anyone but was in the immediate vicinity of the collision and may have key information.

He added: “Finally, I am also keen to speak to the occupants of a white Citroen Despatch van that I am also releasing an image of.

"This vehicle did not collide with anyone but was in the immediate vicinity of the collision and may have key information.

“Again if you saw this vehicle or have any information about its occupants or why it was in the area at the time of the collision, please contact us.”

Photo Credit- Greater Manchester Police