Force Traffic officers.

A teenage boy is a critical condition following a collision in Great Barr on on Tuesday evening (07/02).

The boy, aged 15, from the Great Barr area, was riding along Wandsworth Road when he was hit by a grey Vauxhall Astra near to the junction of Bandywood Road.

Police have hailed passers-by as “heroes” after they battled to save the boys life.

A quick-thinking driver used his van to shield the lad from further harm while a woman performed CPR until a police officer, who was in the area at the time, was able to take over having summoned additional support.

Paradmedics then raced the boy to hospital under police escort where he remains in a critical condition. His family have been informed and are at his bedside.

The driver of the Astra, a man, aged 63, also from Great Barr, is helping police with their inquiries but has not been arrested at this time.

Inspector Neil Griffin, from West Midlands Police, said: “What those passers-by did was above and beyond that which you’d expect of any Good Samaritan. The courage and humanity they displayed in such traumatic circumstances is truly commendable.

“I’d also like to praise the actions of my officers and the paramedics. I know they have been deeply affected by what they saw at the scene.”

The alarm was raised at 7.25pm by an officer who was on routine patrol in the area at the time. Contrary to rumours circulating in the area, the officer was not pursuing the car which struck the teen or any other vehicle.

“It’s a shame that the family’s trauma has been compounded by inaccurate claims that police were pursuing the car which struck the boy. This is categorically untrue,” said Insp Griffin.

“The officer, who was in the area when the lad was hit, did a very good job. She called in firearms officers who she knew have advanced medical skills and carry medical equipment similar to that found in ambulances.

“All of our thoughts are now with the young man and his family.”

Wandsworth Road was closed for the rest of the evening while specialist investigators scour the area for evidence. A number of key witnesses have been identified.

Anyone with information which may help officers should call police on 101.