Police in Leicestershire have appealed for witnesses after a 12-year-old boy who was riding his bike died from injuries sustained in a collision with a Nissan Qashqai just after midday yesterday.
Jake Mitchell from Nuneaton was taken to hospital in Coventry but died there later in the day, reports the Leicester Mercury.
The newspaper says that people at the scene of the crash on Bosworth Road, Wellsborough, comforted the youngster while waiting for the emergency services to arrive.
One man, Davd Fidler, said: “I was there seconds after it happened and it looked like an accident.
“Without going into detail, it was a wrong time and wrong place and nothing could have changed it.
“I and a few others tried helping him and giving him comfort.”
He added that he was ““asbsolutely gutted he didn’t make it.”
Detective Constable Paul Bingham of the East Midlands Collision Investigation Unit said: “The Nissan was travelling along Bosworth Road towards Market Bosworth when it was involved in a collision with the bicycle [a Carrera Vengeance] which was also travelling in the same direction.
“If you witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle beforehand please contact the police.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Leicestershire Police on 101, keying in the officer’s identification number (1288) when prompted, or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.