Police investigating after boy, five, dies following road traffic collision

Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a five-year-old was killed
Police are appealing for witnesses after a five-year-old was killed (Peter Byrne/PA)

Police are investigating after a five-year-old boy died in a road traffic collision in Cornwall.

The boy, who was a pedestrian, sustained serious injuries after being hit by a Ford Fiesta on the A390 at Penpillick Hill, near St Austell, at around 4.50pm, on April 25.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the boy was pronounced dead at the scene and his next of kin have been informed.

A police spokeswoman said the driver of the car was uninjured.

Sergeant Phil Brown, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “Our thoughts are with the family following this tragic incident. They are being supported by specialist officers.

“We would like to thank those members of public who stopped to help at the scene.

“Officers are investigating the circumstances that led to the collision and we would particularly like to speak to any witnesses who we have not yet spoken to.”

The road was closed in both directions while emergency services attended the incident. It was reopened at about 12.40am on April 26.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information or dashcam footage that could help the investigation is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police online or by calling 101, quoting log 547 of April 25.