Man arrested in Leeds hit-and-run investigation

Sabah and Rayhan Saleem
Sabah and Rayhan Saleem Photo: Family handout

A 36-year-old man has been arrested as part of a hit-and-run investigation which left a two-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister fighting for their lives.

The man is being questioned by police after Rayhan Saleem and his sister Sabah were knocked down by a car in Hyde Park in Leeds, on Saturday.

West Yorkshire Police say he has been arrested:

  • On suspicion of dangerous driving
  • Failing to stop at the scene of an accident
  • Failing to report an accident

At around 9.30pm police arrested a 36-year-old Leeds man in connection with the incident. He was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident. Police have also recovered a vehicle in connection with the investigation.The 36-year-old remains in custody tonight for questioning by officers.

– West Yorkshire police
Rayhan Saleem
Rayhan Saleem Credit: Family handout

The incident happened as the children were crossing the road with another child near the Makkah Masjid Mosque in West Yorkshire. They were walking home after buying onions for the family's Eid celebrations.

Police said the driver slowed down to see what had happened before speeding away from the scene.

The boy and girl were taken to Leeds General Infirmary with what police said were serious wounds, and they remained in a critical condition after surgery.

Sabah Saleem
Sabah Saleem Credit: Family handout

Detectives know the car is a mark four model, meaning it was made between 1998 and 2005.

The spot where children were knocked down
The spot where children were knocked down Credit: ITV News

West Yorkshire Police are appealing for information, which can be given to the team on 101 or anonymously to CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

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