Detectives have re-appealed for witnesses to a crash which saw a schoolgirl left in hospital with serious head injuries to come forward.
The 11-year-old was left hurt after being hit by a car in Skelton Street in Hartlepool on Monday, May 15.
The collision reportedly involved a blue Ford Focus and also saw one 12-year-old girl suffer minor injuries while another girl was taken to North Tees Hospital with a suspected broken leg.
The 11-year-old girl was taken to James Cook University Hospital by air ambulance with serious head injuries but she is now said to be in a stable condition.
A 46-year-old man was arrested in connection with the collision and has been released with no bail conditions pending further enquiries.
The 11-year-old girl who sustained serious head injuries still remains in hospital and is being treated to by doctors.
There was also damage to a wall and a lamppost in the street where the incident happened.
It is believed the young girls had been walking home from school when the collision happened.
One witness who saw the incident said: “It was terrible.
“There were emergency services all over the street and it was clear straightaway that it was serious.
“One of the girls didn’t seem as badly hurt but I really hope they’re both OK.”
A passerby said: “One of the girls was unconscious when she was taken away.
“They were coming home from school and then this happened. “It’s awful. You can see how much damage has been done to the wall.”
Another passerby said: “I didn’t see it happen. But I heard a loud bang and went over to try to help. “There were two girls lying on the ground obviously hurt. One of them looked to be injured badly.
“But thankfully the other one didn’t seem to be as bad.”
Any witnesses who may have seen the collision are asked to contact PC Andrew Lawson from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 084689.