Baby boy dies and mother fighting for life after being hit by van

Five-month-old baby boy is killed and his mother, 36, left fighting for life after Renault van mounts pavement and hits pram

  • Rachel Thorold was pushing her five-month-old son in his pram along pavement 
  • The 36-year-old had been walking alongside the A10 in Waterbeach last Friday 
  • A Mazda collided with a Renault van, which hit Ms Thorold and her son’s pram
  • Her son Louis died and Ms Thorold remains in a critical but stable condition 

A baby boy has died and his mother is in a critical condition after they were hit by a van while walking along the pavement.

Rachel Thorold, 36, was pushing her five-month-old son Louis in his pram along a pavement beside the A10 in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire on Friday, January 22.

A grey Mazda 2 collided with a white Renault Master van, and the van hit Ms Thorold and her son’s pram, according to Cambridgeshire Police.

Louis died and Ms Thorold was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where she remains in a critical but stable condition, police said today.

The driver of the van and the driver of the Mazda suffered slight injuries and remained at the scene after the tragedy at 3.50pm last Friday.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have dashcam footage of the collision or the moments leading up to it.

Detective Sergeant Mark Dollard, from the road policing unit, said: ‘This is an extremely tragic and sad incident and our deepest condolences go out to the family of Louis, who are being supported by a specially-trained officer.

‘A thorough investigation will now be conducted by my team and I am seeking help from the public.

‘While it is too early to say how the collision happened, I want to remind all road users of their responsibilities to drive with care.’

Anyone with information should call 101 or visit quoting incident 278 of January 22.

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