Man, 35, charged over horror smash that killed 'kind and caring' girl, 11, as she crossed road in Bury

A MAN has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after allegedly killing a schoolgirl in a hit-and-run.

Ruby Cropper, 11, was walking with friends on New Road in Bury, Manchester, last year when she was hit by a blue Suzuki Alto.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and Ruby, of Hollinhurst Road, Radcliffe, was taken to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

She was rushed to hospital last August after the incident but sadly died from her injuries a few days later.

Andrew Cairns, 35, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates court on Thursday.

Ruby’s family described her as a “kind and caring person”, saying that they have been left devastated by her death.

In a statement they said: "As Ruby was such a kind and caring person and always helped others she has continued to do this in organ donation

"Ruby's legacy will live on and we have taken great comfort in this.

"Our family would urge anyone in these tragic circumstances to follow in Ruby's footsteps and be an organ donor.

“We are all absolutely devastated and a part of us has died today too. Our lives will never be the same again."

The driver of the vehicle left the scene after the crash but later made contact with officers and was arrested.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “Police were called at around 4.30pm on Monday 10 August 2020 to reports of a collision involving a blue Suzuki Alto and a pedestrian on New Road, close to the junction of Hollinhurst Road.

“The pedestrian – 11-year-old Ruby Cropper – is believed to have been crossing the road with a friend when the incident occurred.

“Ruby suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital, where she sadly passed away on Wednesday 12 August, despite the best efforts of medical staff.”

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