- A silver Mazda 3 ploughed into him as he played on his bike last night
- His life support machine maybe switched off if treatment doesn't work
- 21-year-old man arrested after walking into a police station this morning
By EMILY ALLEN
PUBLISHED: 13:31, 27 June 2012 | UPDATED: 16:32, 27 June 2012
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A nine-year-old boy is fighting for his life today after a gang of thugs mowed him down and left him for dead and then beat up and mugged a passer-by who tried to stop them.
Radwan Uddin is in a critical condition in intensive care and may have his life support machine switched off if he does not respond to treatment.
A silver Mazda 3 ploughed into him as he played on a bike with his older brother on Tuesday evening sending him flying 20 yards down the residential street in East Ham, east London.
This morning a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident and grievous bodily harm after he walked into a nearby police station.
He remains in police custody.
Crime scene: Police markings and blood stains on Woodhouse Grove, East Ham where a gang of thugs mowed down a nine-year-old boy and left him for dead before beating up a passer-by who tried to stop them
Police said a silver Mazda, registration LV58 SRX, was found dumped near the scene later on.
Radwan, who friends described as a ‘really lovely boy,’ suffered a heart attack and head injuries and witnesses said he blood coming out of his ear and no pulse when the ambulance turned up.
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The car, believed to have been driven by three Asian men, then smashed into another car shunting it down the street. The trio then got out and ran away from the scene leaving the boy fighting for his life.
Neighbours said locals tried to stop them but one man was beaten up and mugged when he got in their way.
The boy’s 12-year-old brother Mufhuj was also hit but escaped with minor injuries.
Sultan Ahmed, 59, said he heard a big bang at around 8pm and came running out his house.
He said: 'The boy and his brother were playing on a bike when the car came really fast and hit them. The younger boy went flying over the handlebars. After they hit him the car hit a parked car and shunted it down the road then they got out and ran off.
'We’ve had a few accidents round here but this is by far the worst one. I’ve got a nine-year-old son and I couldn’t sleep last night thinking it could have been him.'
Residential: Police markings indicating the position of the victims head (H) and feet (F) on Woodhouse Grove, a residential road in East Ham. A 21-year-old man has now been arrested in connection with last night's incident
Another local, who lives in Woodhouse Grove right near where it happened, said her sister-in-law, who is a paediatric nurse rushed out to try and help him.
The 22-year-old, who did not want to be named, said: 'All we heard was the car’s screeching engine. It was literally flying over the speed humps. It must have been going 40mph in a 20mph zone. Then we heard a crash.
'My sister-in-law ran out. She was trying to give him first aid. His breathing was very shallow. At one point he stopped breathing.
'He was bleeding from the back of his head and there was blood coming from his ear.
“We called an ambulance. It took about 10 minutes to arrive but it felt like forever. When they did come they had to start CPR as they couldn’t feel a pulse.
'It was awful. The family were all crying. The mum couldn’t even stand up, she was on the floor. Then they took him to hospital.'
The woman said as the drivers fled members of the public tried to stop them getting away. She added: 'One guy tried to stop them and he ended up being beaten up and mugged before they legged it.'
The family, who live in nearby Shelley Avenue, were keeping a vigil at Radwan’s bedside at the Royal London Hospital where his condition is still ‘critical.’
But friend Farjana Begum said: 'They told us he’s on a life support machine in intensive care. They were going to give him an injection but if it doesn’t work the doctors said there is nothing more they can do.
'I hope he pulls through. He’s a really lovely boy.'
Detective Inspector Mark Cam, from Scotland Yard’s Chadwell Heath Road Death Investigation unit, said: 'The driver left a nine-year-old boy lying in the road fighting for his life.'
Anyone with information should call officers on 020 8597 4874 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Edited by MrKguy, 27 June 2012 - 06:18 PM.