Hartlepool boy Ethan Owens loses his fight for life, eight days after being knocked down

Ethan Owens fought for his life for eight days after the accident.
Ethan Owens fought for his life for eight days after the accident.

Hartlepool schoolboy Ethan Owens has lost his eight-day fight for life after being knocked down in a road accident in the town.

Ethan, who was involved in a serious collision on Marina Way in Hartlepool last Monday evening, died in James Cook University Hospital yesterday, Cleveland Police said.

A spokesman added; "Our thoughts and sympathy are with Ethan’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time."

Ethan, a pupil at Jesmond Gardens Primary School, was taken to James Cook University Hospital in a critical condition after he was involved in a collision with a Range Rover at around 5.45pm on February 27.

He suffered head, pelvis and spinal injuries in the collision, and the Great North Air Ambulance was called as part of the emergency service response.

His parents, Paul Owens, 36, and Lisa Cooper, 37, and other family members had kept a bedside vigil as they waited for news.

The night after the incident, members of the Dyke House community turned out in force at St Oswald's Church as 1,200 candles were lit at a vigil.

Blue balloons were also released, with prayers said for him that night in church.

Cleveland Police is still investigating the circumstances of the collision and would like any witnesses who have not yet spoken to officers to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101, quoting event 33880.