A car involved in a hit and run in Bow which left an 11-year-old boy fighting for life was involved in a police chase, a witness has claimed.

The boy is in critical condition in hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Bow Road on Friday, November 25.

An eye witness told The Sun Online he saw a silver Audi A2 hit multiple vehicles as it raced through rush hour traffic and heard a policeman say a small child had been hit.

Metropolitan Police officers were called to the scene at 8.13am and found a silver/grey Audi A2 abandoned near Bow Cemetery.

Detectives have issued a fresh appeal for information about the crash and are urging a significant witness to come forward.

They are keen to speak with a woman in a blue or green jacket walking a large black dog who may have seen the car being abandoned.

British Transport Police has voluntarily referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in relation to the incident.

In a statement BTP said: “A BTP vehicle was near the scene of a collision, in which another vehicle struck a child, at around 8.10am this morning. The child was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

“As a result of this incident, the force has taken the decision to refer itself to the IPCC.

“The exact circumstances of the collision are being investigated by the Metropolitan Police.”

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the investigation on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop. He was bailed to a date in March.

Anyone with information should call detectives from the Roads and Transport Policing Command on 020 8597 4874 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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