A five-year-old boy has been flown to hospital with critical injuries after a suspected learner driver crashed into him in Saffron Walden.
The youngster was struck by a Renault Megane on Wednesday, which then crashed into a house in Gabriel Road.
The driver and passenger of the vehicle have been voluntarily interviewed by police and inquiries are continuing.
An Essex Police spokesman said: "Police believe the driver was a learner and there were L-plates on the vehicle."
The boy remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.
Police are keen to speak to children who were with the boy at the time of the incident but have not yet spoken to officers.
- Witnesses are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting incident 756 of 15/03 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.