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Five men arrested in connection with New Year’s Eve crash that left 12-year-old girl dead

Five men have been arrested in connection with the New Year’s Eve crash which left a 12-year-old girl dead and her cousin fighting for her life in hospital.

Helina Kotlarova was killed and her 11-year-old cousin Zaneta Krokova seriously injured in the hit and run on Ashton Road in Oldham on Saturday night.

Police say five men aged 23, 59, 48, 38 and 18 have now been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Tonight the men remain in police custody for questioning.

Officers are asking anyone who saw a dark coloured Peugeot 807 in the area at the time and the driver of a white van to come forward.

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They are also trying to track down the driver of a white van who was on the road at the time of the collision,

Sergeant Lee Westhead, from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “These are tragic circumstances where a young girl has lost her life.

“Another girl is currently fighting for her life in hospital and specially trained officers are supporting the families involved.

“Officers are trying to establish exactly what happened and we have a dedicated team working to locate the person responsible.

“We are currently carrying out extensive door to door enquiries and have five people in custody but our investigation continues.

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“If you saw a black golf or a dark Peugeot 807 in the area then I would urge you to contact us.

“We are also keen to speak to the driver of a white van who was driving on the road around the time of the collision.”

The two girls were on their way home for a New Year party when they were hit by the ‘speeding’ VW Golf shortly after 7.15pm on Saturday night.

Helina’s parents, Sylva and Robert, were at home on nearby Montreal Street when the collision happened and ran around the corner to the scene.

Helina’s mum held her daughter in her arms as she died in the road, touching her hair as she passed away.

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