A four-year-old girl who was struck in an hit-and-run while walking with her grandmother has died.
Violet-Grace Youens’s organs will be donated to save other children in a critical condition , her mother has said.
Struck on Friday, the little girl passed away on Saturday evening.
On Mothering Sunday her grief-stricken mum shared an emotional post on Facebook.
She wrote: ‘Thank you for all your well wishes. She was just too poorly.
Police at the scene on Prescot Road, St Helens
Tributes were laid out near to where the accident happened
‘However, my brave baby girl saved two lives by donating her kidneys and pancreas. I am truly heartbroken but proud of my little fighter.’
The post quickly went viral racking up 9,000 shares.
In a brief statement the family added that they were ‘Devastated by the loss of their beautiful daughter but they wanted the organ donations to benefit other children and give them a chance to lead long and happy lives’.
Violet was hit while walking with her grandmother in St Helens, Merseyside on Friday afternoon.
Angela French, 55, remains in serious but stable condition.
Officers have appealed for help to track down two men seen walking away from the car after the incident and have released CCTV of them.
But Merseyside Police have so far not commented on any further developments in the case.
The first man was described as white, aged 15-20, around 5ft 10in tall, of slim build with brown hair. He was wearing a royal blue T-shirt and shorts of the same colour.
The second man was described as white, aged 15-20, with brown medium length hair. He was wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts and dark trainers.
The police said they were pursuing numerous lines of inquiry.
Horrified father-of-two Chris Lang was leaving his house also on Prescot Road when he saw the suspected stolen Fiesta crash into the two victims.
He said: ‘The car came through the lights – it must have been going 70 to 80mph and hit the woman and child, who were crossing the road.’
He added police and air ambulance arrived within minutes.