Boy killed when car strikes group of children outside British school

Police officers at the scene of the accident in Loughton on Dec 2, 2019.
Police officers at the scene of the accident in Loughton on Dec 2, 2019. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM @DAVE_3764/TWITTER

LONDON (REUTERS) - British police launched a murder investigation on Monday (Dec 3) after a 12-year-old boy was killed and five others were injured when a car struck a group of children outside a school in southern England.

Police said the they were called to reports that a number of pedestrians had been hurt following the incident which involved a silver Ford Ka.

The 12-year-old boy was taken to hospital where he died.

A 53-year-old woman and four other children - three boys, two aged 15 and a 13-year-old and a girl, 16 - were also hurt but their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening or life-changing.

All the children were thought to be pupils at the school, police said.

"This has been a truly shocking incident and my deepest sympathies are with all those involved," Detective Chief Inspector Rob Kirby said.