A SIX-year-old boy suffered critical injuries after he and his sister were hit by a 4x4 as they crossed a road in a Wirral seaside resort.
The young boy and his eight-year-old sister were crossing Marine Promenade in New Brighton on their way to a party when they were struck.
Dawn Evans, who owns nearby Dawn’s Burger Bar, said she heard the crash and “knew straightaway from the noise it was bad”.
She said: “I ran out and he was lying there in the road. He was unconscious at first then he woke a bit and started screaming.
“It was absolutely horrendous. We brought them into my shop while we waited for the ambulance.
“The mum was talking to her little boy, in Polish I think it was, reassuring him. She was very calm although you could see she was worried. I was shaking like a leaf.”
She said at one point they applied a frozen ice pack to the boy’s head to help with his injuries.
Police are now appealing for witnesses after the crash which happened as the children walked in the direction of the shops from Fort Perch Rock at around 2pm on Sunday.
According to police the six-year-old boy suffered a serious head injury and a serious fracture to his leg and was yesterday (Tuesday) described as serious but stable.
His sister had a fracture to her left leg and her condition was also described as serious but stable. Both were taken to Alder Hey Hospital.
Part of Marine Promenade was closed off for several hours to allow police collision investigators to work.
The 65-year-old driver of the silver Nissan X-Trail 4x4 involved stopped at the scene and helped officers with inquiries.
A routine breath test was carried out and the result was negative.
Police said the children’s mum, who was with them at the time of the incident, was with them at hospital.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the roads policing investigation team on 0151-777 5444 or the confidential Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.