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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 September 2006, 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK
Two held over hit-and-run death
Kyle McDermott
Kyle was riding his bike when he was hit by a white van
Two men have been arrested over the death of a seven-year-old boy who was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver while out on his bike.

Kyle McDermott died after being hit by a white transit van on Maple Road, Mexborough, South Yorkshire, on Monday.

A 25-year-old Mexborough man and a 43-year-old man from Adwick-upon-Dearne are being questioned by detectives.

Police want to speak to the driver of a car which may have nearly crashed into a white van just before the incident.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said the motorist was travelling along Elm Road in Mexborough in a white car when it was believed to have nearly collided with the van.

He said the driver may hold vital information for detectives investigating the boy's death.

Protesters blocking Maple Road
Residents have staged a protest calling for traffic calming measures

Officers believe the van which hit him may be damaged at the front and have urged anyone with information to come forward.

Meanwhile residents staged a protest and blocked off Maple Road at the scene of the accident on Wednesday.

They asked vehicles to turn back and said they would continue their protests until they got assurances from Doncaster Council that the road would be made safer.

Kyle's grandmother Catherine McDermott was among the protesters. She said residents had been campaigning for traffic calming measures for seven years.

She said: "I hope the council listens. They've got to do something before another child is killed."

A spokesman for Doncaster Council said: "Our thoughts and sympathies are with Kyle McDermott's family and friends as they have suffered a tragic loss."

He said councillors had worked with residents in the Maple Road area in 2000 to address their concerns and a number of measures were put in place, including road markings and warning signs for Mexborough Comprehensive School.


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