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Boy, 9, injured in hit-and-run while visiting shrine to brother who died on same road

Ross McGuinness
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Rudi Till, left with his mother, Claire Taylor, suffered serious injuries in a hit-and-run. (Reach)
Rudi Till, left with his mother, Claire Taylor, suffered serious injuries in a hit-and-run. (Reach)

A nine-year-old boy has been injured in a hit-and-run while he was visiting a shrine to his brother who died in a crash on the same road.

Rudi Till suffered a broken collar bone, broken ribs and head injuries after being knocked off his bike in the Castleton area of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, on 21 September.

His mother, Claire Taylor, said a friend who went to help Rudi told her the driver got out of a grey Seat Leon and was verbally abusive before leaving the scene.

The incident happened as Rudi was returning from visiting a shrine on Manchester Road to his older brother, Kavana Taylor, 21, who died in a car crash in 2018.

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Rudi was taken to hospital in an ambulance and is now recovering at home.

Kavana died on 1 April 2018 – Easter Sunday – after the BMW 3 Series he was driving crashed into a Volkswagen Polo.

An inquest into his death heard he was three-and-a-half times the drink-driving limit and had traces of cocaine in his system when he crashed at 76mph in a 30mph zone.

His family and friends made a shrine in his memory near the spot where he died.

A nine-year-old boy was knocked off his bike and badly injured as he visited a shrine to his brother - who died in a crash on the same road.  Rudi Till suffered a broken collar bone, broken ribs, and head injuries after a collision on Manchester Road in the Castleton area of Rochdale, Greater Manchester last Monday [Sept 21].  Caption: Tributes to Kavana Taylor, who died in a car crash on Manchester Road in Castleton, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, on April 1, 2018
A shrine to Rudi's brother, Kavana Taylor, 21, who died in a crash in the Castleton area of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in 2018. (Reach)

Taylor said Rudi is struggling to come to terms with his brother’s death.

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

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

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"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."

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.

A nine-year-old boy was knocked off his bike and badly injured as he visited a shrine to his brother - who died in a crash on the same road.  Rudi Till suffered a broken collar bone, broken ribs, and head injuries after a collision on Manchester Road in the Castleton area of Rochdale, Greater Manchester last Monday [Sept 21].  Caption: Police at the scene of a fatal car crash on Manchester Road in Castleton, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, on April 1, 2018
Rudi Till, 9, was hit by a car on the same stretch of road where his brother, Kavana Taylor, 21, died two years ago. (Reach)

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

"The child was treated for minor injuries at the scene. No arrests have been made and enquiries remain ongoing."

Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 8522 quoting incident number 2593 of 21/09/20.

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