Hit and run girl 'a little hero'

Sabah and Rayhan Saleem Photo: Family handout

The aunt of a 10-year-old girl, who was injured in a hit and run in Leeds, has called her a 'little hero', believing she bore the brunt of the impact to protect her younger brother.

Sabah Saleem and her two-year-old brother, Rayhan, were knocked down by a car in Brudenell Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, on Saturday.

Relatives have said Sabah was the most severely injured, probably because she was protecting her younger brother from the impact.

At the scene today, the children's aunt, Saima Rafiquee said: "Most likely what happened is that Sabah tried protecting her brother and she took the brunt of the accident.

"She's just a little hero, isn't she?

"It just shows you how a big sister would react with a younger brother."

Police investigating the incident, which left the brother and sister seriously ill, have now made a total of three arrests as part of their investigations.

A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender on Tuesday.

Sabah Saleem who was njured along with her brother in a hit and run in Leeds. Credit: Family handout

On Monday night a 36-year-old Leeds man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop and failing to report a collision. Police say all three men are from the North West Leeds area and all remain in police custody.

Rayhan Saleem's condition is said to be improving, say police. Credit: Family handout

The incident happened as the children were crossing the road with a cousin near the Makkah Masjid Mosque in Brudenell Road, Leeds on Saturday at 5.20pm. 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 brother and sister were taken to Leeds General Infirmary with what police said were serious wounds, and they remained in a critical condition after surgery. The children's cousin escaped injury.

In a statement released today, police said 10-year-old Sabah remains in a critical but stable condition and her two-year-old brother Rahem continues to improve.

The scene where the children were struck by a car. Credit: ITV News

Police are still appealing for any witnesses to the collision or anyone with any information to contact them at HMET on 101 or via Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.