Wigan grandma in serious condition after crash

Angela French
Angela French

A Wigan grandmother remains in a serious condition after being mown down in a hit and run collision that killed her four-year-old grand-daughter.

Both Angela French and Violet-Grace Youens were taken to hospital on Friday as the incident, on Prescot Road in St Helens, sent shock-waves through the region.

Violet-Grace Youens

Violet-Grace Youens

Violet-Grace died in her mother’s arms on Saturday night and her Nannie, 55-year-old Ms French, originally from Golborne, remains in a serious but stable condition in intensive care.

Officers appealed for information as CCTV images captured two men wanted in connection with the crash fleeing the scene.

Merseyside Police made two arrests in connection with the case yesterday, one on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and one on suspicion of being carried on a stolen vehicle.

A family statement issued on Sunday said Violet-Grace’s pancreas and both kidneys had been donated to help other children “to give them a chance to lead long and happy lives”.

It’s so heartbreaking, sending our thoughts and prayers to the family

Mary Dale

Two memorial funds set up in the youngster’s name to help her grieving family had raised more than £10,000 by Monday afternoon.

One of the pages reads: “We are trying to raise as much as we can to help support Bec, Glenn and all of the family at this truly traumatic time.”

Thousands have taken to social media to leave tributes.

Mary Dale said: “It’s so heartbreaking, sending our thoughts and prayers to the family.”

Sharon Parr said: “Heartbreaking. RIP Violet fly high angel...condolences to your family.”

Ann Saunders said: “Prayed and prayed she’d make it can’t put into words what I feel for you. A beautiful little girl with a beautiful name RIP.”

In reaction to the family’s organ donation statement, Carol Gibson posted: “So proud of you what a sad time stay strong. Your kindness will be appreciated.thoughts are with you.”

Linda Morris said:  “Such a lovely but hard thing to do at such a sad sad time. Sleep tight little angel.”

Leanne Keech said: “Truly gut-wrenching. Thoughts and prayers to Violet’s family. Through such trying times you selflessly gave life to others. Rest in peace princess.”

The Steve Prescott bridge in St Helens was lit up in purple light last night in memory of the tragic four-year-old.

A council spokesman said: “The thoughts of everyone at St Helens Council are with Violet’s family.”

Detectives are continuing to pursue a number of lines of enquiry.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 6041 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.