A FOUR-year-old boy, desperately ill in hospital after a hit-and-run in Kirklees, has been named.
Tyler Jessop was playing with friends when he was struck by a silver Vauxhall Corsa on Lees Hall Road close to the junction with Ingham Road, Thornhill, at 4.25pm yesterday.
The youngster was crossing Lees Hall Road in Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury, when the car hit him.
The silver hatchback failed to stop.
The youngster, who is thought to live nearby, was left gravely injured in the road.
He was taken to Dewsbury District Hospital with serious head injuries and later transferred to a specialist neurological unit at Leeds General Infirmary.
His condition there this morning was said to be critical.
Police are hunting the driver and have appealed for anyone who saw the youngster when he was hit by the car to come forward.
A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “We need to speak urgently to anyone who may have any information about this incident to contact us immediately.
“Did you see the car either before or afterwards in that area? If so, did you get a look at the driver or the car’s number or can you give a description of it?’’
Police also want anyone who finds a silver hatchback car dumped anywhere – especially in the Thornhill and Ravensthorpe areas – to contact them.
Lees Hall Road is the main road which runs from Slaithwaite Road in Thornhill Lees through to Ravensthorpe.
It was closed for several hours after the boy was hit while police accident investigation experts worked at the scene, gathering evidence which could help them to trace the car.
Anyone with information should phone police on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.