Dad’s tribute to son, 13, killed on way to football

A heartbroken dad has paid tribute to his son after he was killed by a suspected hit and run driver.

Jack Worwood was rushed to hospital after being hit by the car on Old Road, in Wigan, at around 4.30pm on Tuesday.

The 13-year-old fought for his life until he sadly died on Wednesday afternoon surrounded by his family.

Police have since arrested a 15-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man in connection with the crash and they are currently being questioned.

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It is believed that Jack was walking along the footpath to go and play football with his friends when a Jaguar hit him and then crashed into a wall.

The driver and the passenger of the car then fled the scene and did not try to help him.

Jack's dad Andrew Wormwood posted a tribute to his son on Facebook.

It read: "Rest in peace my little man , you didn't deserve this , I'm so so so so sorry, love you always and forever jack , fly with the angels, you will forever be a part of me and i will never ever forget you."

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After the accident stepmother Tracy Marie Robinson posted a photograph of Jack in hospital and urged anyone with information about the accident to police.

She said: "Please please if anyone can help us as a family to find information regarding a hit and run in Ashton-in-Makerfield yesterday., that has left our 13yr old son on life support and is critical condition.

"Jack Worwood is just 13 and was on the pavement on the way to meet his friends to play football, he had only left the house 15 mins prior to the hit and run. This has devastated all our family and extended family."

Yesterday a spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: "A teenager has died following a fail to stop collision in Wigan.

"At around 4.30pm on Tuesday 7 July 2020, police were called to reports of a collision between a car and a 13-year-old boy on Old Road, Ashton in Makerfield.

"The boy, 13-year-old Jack Worwood, was taken to hospital with serious injuries, where, despite the best efforts of medical staff, he sadly died earlier today (Wednesday 8 July 2020).

"Enquiries indicate that Jack was walking along the pavement when there was a collision involving himself and a Jaguar car.

"There was then a further collision between the Jaguar and a wall.

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"The driver and passenger of the Jaguar failed to stop following the collision.

"A 15-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, causing death while uninsured, causing death while unlicensed, and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

"Both remain in custody for questioning."

Sergeant Darren Hancock of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is devastating news and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with Jack’s family as they struggle to come to terms with what has happened.

“We are determined to find them the answers they deserve and I want to again appeal to the public to come forward with any information or dash-cam footage that may assist us.”

Anyone with information should contact GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741, quoting incident number 1965 of 08/07/20.

Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.