A distraught father screamed as he resuscitated his dying five-year-old daughter after she was knocked down outside a school.
He was holding the boy’s hand after picking her up from an after-school club at Newstead Primary when she was hit by a delivery driver.
The devastated father was seen running up and down the cul-de-sac in Stoke-on-Trent with his stricken daughter in his arms.
Unfortunately she could not be rescued and was pronounced dead by paramedics just before 6pm yesterday shortly after the horror.
A 63-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and remains in custody.
A family friend told how the father of three works as a neurosurgeon in various NHS hospitals across the country.
He had been driving home from a night shift in Bristol to pick up the girl while carrying his baby in a portable car seat.
The pal told The Sun Online: “They were all just crossing the road. He was holding his daughter’s hand when the car hit her.
“The father told me that he had done everything to save his daughter, but she was weak.
“He told me that the night before he saved the life of a teenager and the night before he saved the life of another old man, but when it came down to it, he couldn’t save his own daughter.
“The family is broken by it. They are completely stunned.”
Another friend criticized the lack of signage on the street where the primary school and a special school are located.
He continued, “I know the little girl and she was so proud of her father.
“She told me that if anything ever went wrong, her father would fix it. It’s just heartbreaking.”
Local Gareth Parkin was just returning from the shop when he was stopped by a woman who asked him if he could do cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
He said: “I saw the little girl in her blue school uniform lying on the pavement with a man, her father I assume, who was kneeling over her trying to perform CPR.
“He was in a complete state, as you can imagine, and was calling for help. Once he was pacing up and down with the child in his arms.
“The father had another child with him who was in a carrier bag. They were held by a woman who may have been one of the teaching staff.
“The ambulance came very quickly but there was nothing they could do. It was a really harrowing scene.”
Another resident said the arrested driver claimed the girl appeared between parked cars where parents were waiting to pick up their children.
He added: “The father was trying to do CPR and another man came out of his flat holding an umbrella over them because it was snowing.
“A van and a few other cars were parked on the double yellow lines in front of the school.
“Parents do that when picking up kids, but it’s dangerous as there are residents’ cars parked across the street where there are no restrictions.”
Staffordshire Police confirmed they were called to the scene around 5.52pm yesterday where they found the youngster in cardiac arrest.
She is said to have collided with a gray Volkswagen Touran.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18144696/dad-screams-cpr-daughter-crash-stoke-on-trent/ Dad screamed as he gave CPR to dying daughter, 5, after she was ‘punished by delivery driver’ in horror accident