Drug driving arrest as man left ‘critical’

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A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs after a crash which left a young man fighting for his life.

The 20-year-old is critically ill in hospital after the collision in Ashton-in-Makerfield where he was hit by one car and then thrown into another vehicle.

At around 4.15pm on Sunday November 29, a Skoda Octavia was travelling along Bolton Road heading towards Ashton town centre when it was involved in a collision with a 20-year-old man who was crossing the road.

The man was then thrown into a Volkswagen Caddy van, which was stopped on Bolton Road waiting to turn right at the junction with Bolton Road and Bryn Road 
South.

The 20-year-old man suffered a serious head injury and was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition with life threatening injuries.

A 26-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

He has been bailed until January 18 pending further inquiries.

Sergeant Mark Thomas from Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “We are asking for any witnesses that were in the area at the time of this collision to please get in touch with us.

“Our thoughts are with this man and his family at this very difficult time and we are working to establish exactly what has taken place here, so we can provide his family with details of what has happened.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4742