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Boy, 6, In Serious Condition After Hit And Run In Surrey

06/07/2013 08:05 EDT | Updated 08/07/2013 05:12 EDT
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RCMP are searching for the driver of a silver-coloured Mercedes who struck a young boy and drove away in the Surrey neighbourhood of Fleetwood Friday afternoon.

Five-year-old Arshdeep Singh Sidhu is recovering in hospital after being struck by the car, his aunt told CBC News.

UPDATE: The suspect in the hit-and-run has turned himself into police but he has not been publicly idefntied, the RCMP announced in a Saturday news release. The RCMP have also found the Mercedes involved , Global News reported.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said the hit and run happened in the 16100 block of 92nd Avenue at around 3 p.m. PT.

Paquet said the boy was airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries, and police in neighbouring jurisdictions are on the lookout for the driver who fled the scene.

"Whatever the seriousness of an accident, leaving the scene of one is a Criminal Code offence," Paquet said.

"Now, you've taken what is maybe a driver mistake and you've elevated that to a Criminal Code matter. That's why we always ask people to do the right thing. Specifically, when you hit a child, the very least you can do is to render some medical assistance," he said.

The suspect vehicle is described as a silver, newer-model four-door Mercedes with tinted windows and large stock rims. It may have visible damage on its right side.

Paquet could not say whether the boy was on his way home from school at the time, but the incident happened close to Serpentine Heights Elementary.