Lad, 9, hit by car as he visited shrine to brother killed in crash on same road

An autistic nine-year-old boy has been left seriously injured after he was hit by a car on the same road where his brother died in a crash.

Little Rudi Till suffered a broken collar bone, broken ribs and head injuries after a Seat Leon smashed into him in Rochdale on Monday.

The schoolboy was knocked off his bike on the way back from visiting a shrine at the site left in honour of his older brother.

Rudi was paying tribute to Kavana Taylor, 21, who died in a horror smash in 2018 when he was hit by the car.

According to worried mum Claire Taylor, a friend of Rudi’s said the driver got out the car before being verbally abusing Rudi and leaving.

The lad was rushed to hospital before being taken home to recover.

Mum Claire told the Manchester Evening News the crash has set her back in her grief following the death of her oldest son.

Kavana died in the early hours of Easter Sunday 2018 after his black BMW 3 Series crashed into a Volkswagen Polo.

An inquest into his death later heard he was three-and-a-half-times the drink drive limit and had traces of cocaine in his system.

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In the days following his death, family and friends created a shrine to Kavana close to the spot where he died, which Rudi went to visit on Monday.

Claire added that the nine-year-old is struggling with what happened and is appealing for anyone who saw the incident to go to the police with information.

Claire said: "He's autistic, so the emotional side of it is harder to deal with than the physical side of it.

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"He couldn't get his head around it, it's heartbreaking.

"His friend saw what happened and had gone to help him. She asked the driver to call an ambulance but he said no.

"The guy called Rudi some not very nice names and he's just left the scene.

"I can't believe this happened on the same road, even on the same side."

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: "At around 7.20pm on Monday 21 September 2020, police were called to Manchester Road, Castleton to reports of a fail-to-stop collision.

"Emergency services attended and enquiries established that a grey Seat León had been involved in collision with a child on a bike. The car failed to stop at the scene.

"No arrests have been made and enquiries remain ongoing."

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