Violet Grace Youens death: Girl, 4, who died in hit-and-run saved two lives with organ donation

A four-year-old girl killed in a suspected hit-and-run saved two lives by donating her organs.

Violet Grace Youens died in her mother’s arms in hospital after she was hit by a car that mounted the pavement in St Helens, Merseyside, on Friday.

In a Facebook post, Violet’s mother Rebecca wrote: ‘My beautiful baby girl passed away in my arms.’

She added: ‘Thank you for all your well wishes… she was just too poorly.

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‘My brave baby girl saved two lives by donating her kidneys and pancreas. I am truly heartbroken but proud of my little fighter!’

Violet’s brother, Oliver, is 21 months old.

Her grandmother, Angela French, 55, was also hit by the car and is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Violet Grace Youens saved two lives by donating her organs (Picture: Caters)
Violet Grace Youens saved two lives by donating her organs (Picture: Caters)

Two men have been arrested in connection with the crash, Merseyside Police said on Monday.

A 27-year-old man from St Helens was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He has been detained at a police station in Merseyside to be interviewed.

Another man, aged 23 from Prescot, was arrested on suspicion of being carried in a stolen vehicle. He has was released pending further enquiries.

The crash happened on Prescot Road and involved a black Ford Fiesta which collided with a lamppost.

Police released CCTV images of two men spotted running from the scene after the crash.

Anyone with information about the crash can call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 6041 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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