facebook Dylan Crossey, 15, was tragically killed in a hit-and-run after being knocked off his bike last night
A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after a talented young footballer was knocked off his bike and killed in a hit-and-run.
Dylan Crossey, 15, who represented his local team almost 100 times, suffered serious head injuries when he was struck by a silver 3 Series BMW and died in hospital last night.
Police said the driver of the car didn’t stop after the collision in Chainhouse Lane in Whitestake, Lancashire, at around 11pm on Friday.
Dylan was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital before being transferred to Manchester Children’s Hospital, but sadly died as a result of his injuries.
Tributes have poured in for the youngster who was described as having "mesmerising skills" on the pitch.
facebook Dylan played for his local team almost 100 times and was described as having "mesmerising skills"
His team, Penwortham St Teresa’s FC, said in an online statement: "The club was saddened to learn of the passing of U16s player Dylan Crossey this morning.
"Dylan made close to 100 appearances in a yellow shirt, playing a sport he loved so dearly and always represented the club with pride.
"The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Penwortham St Teresa’s JFC are with Dylan’s family and friends at this sad time. Tomorrow’s U16 and U18 fixtures have been cancelled, whilst all remaining fixtures will hold a pre-match minute’s applause."
Rival side Longridge Town Juniors posted: "Everyone at Longridge town juniors would like to pass on their condolences to the teams and family of Dylan Crossey.
"Dylan died last night in a tragic hit and run. He was 15.
"Dylan played for Penwortham St Teresa’s and more recently Cadley.
"A very talented striker with silky, mesmerising skills, very often tying knots in our defence.
"When we get news like this it hits us all in junior football. Hurts us all in our football community. Rest in peace Dylan."
facebook Dylan was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries
A 42-year-old man from New Longton was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink-driving. He remains in custody.
Police recovered a silver BMW 3 Series from an address in New Longton and are appealing for anyone who saw the vehicle in the area to come forward.
Chief Inspector Mike Adamson said: "Dylan has very sadly died as a result of the injuries he sustained in this collision and we are continuing our investigation into this tragic incident.
"We would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who may have seen a silver BMW 3 Series in the area around the time of the collision to contact us.
"Similarly, if you have any other information that could assist with our ongoing investigation, I would urge you to get in touch with us as soon as possible."
Anyone with information can call Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 1316 of October 7.