Police have charged a man after a 10-year-old girl was killed following a hit and run.
At about 6.40pm on Wednesday (September 25), police received a report that a 10-year-old girl, who has now been named as Melissa Tate from Kenton, had been seriously injured following a collision on Hillsview Avenue in Kenton.
She was rushed to hospital by paramedics but sadly she died yesterday (Thursday) afternoon.
Today (Friday), police have charged Connor Marsden, 23, of Ambridge Way in Kenton, with causing death by dangerous driving, failure to stop and a number of other driving-related offences.
Police have been supporting her family at this difficult time.
Northumbria Police Chief Inspector, Chris Grice, said her family were “devastated” by what has happened and asked the public to respect their privacy.
He said: “This is understandably a difficult time for the family and it is something that nobody should have to go through.
“Specialist officers have been supporting them since Melissa was involved in the collision on Wednesday night and they continue to do so.
“We will remain with them over the coming days and weeks and will be on hand to help them in any way we can.
“This incident has had a big impact on the community in Kenton and I know that residents will come together to support Melissa’s family.
“However, I would ask that people respect their privacy at this time and allow them to grieve as a family.”
Police also arrested a second 23-year-old man on suspicion of assisting an offender. He has now been released under investigation.
Two women – aged 31 and 28 – also arrested by police on suspicion of perverting the course of justice have also since been released under investigation.
Marsden is due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court tomorrow morning.
Anyone with any concerns or information about the incident can report it by calling 101 and quoting log 923 25/09/19 or reporting it online at the Northumbria Police website.
You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.