Two arrested after girl, 12, dies in hit-and-run motorway crash

A MAN and a woman were arrested following a hit-and-run motorway crash in which a 12-year-old girl was killed.

Sana Patel died after her family’s Nissan Qashqai collided with a Vauxhall Corsa on the M61 near Bolton at around 10.45pm on Saturday.

The occupants of the Corsa fled the scene and a search by Lancashire Police led to the arrest of two people from North Kirklees.

The man, aged 28 and from Dewsbury, and the woman, 23, from Mirfield, were both arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, while the man was also arrested for failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Both have been released pending further enquiries.

Sana, from Blackburn, was  travelling home with her family when the smash happened on the northbound carriageway of the motorway, between junction eight and the Bolton West/Rivington services.

Superintendent Andy Cribbin, of Lancashire Police, said: “This was a tragic incident in which 12-year-old Sana Patel lost her life and our thoughts are very much with her family and friends at this unimaginably difficult time.

“We have made two arrests but are very much still trying to establish what happened and are asking anybody who saw the collision or either vehicle in the moments before it happened to get in touch as soon as possible.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who was in the Corsa at the time and would urge them to make contact with us.”

Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch via 101, quoting log number 1817 of July 6.

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