Alleged hit and run victim's family statement

9-year-old Leila Crofts remains in a critical condition at Southampton General Hospital. Credit: Dorset Police

The family of a 9-year-old girl who is in a critical condition after an alleged fail to stop road traffic collision in Poole have issued a statement to the media.

Leila Crofts suffered serious injuries and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The incident, in which a cyclist collided with a pedestrian, occurred on Friday afternoon along Pinecliff Road.

Leila’s parents, Chanine and Darren, wish to ask that everyone’s thoughts and prayers are with Leila as the next 48 hours are a critical period in her recovery.

They would also like to request that their privacy is respected at this difficult time as they support their daughter and each other.

A 38-year-old Bournemouth man was arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.