A SCHOOLBOY who was knocked down by a car on the St Helens Linkway is no longer in a critical condition but remains in hospital for treatment, police have said.

The 15-year-old Sutton Academy pupil was hit by a Vauxhall Astra at the dual carriageway's junction with Elton Head Road on Wednesday, January 29 shortly before 8.30am.

It is believed the youngster was crossing the road on his way to school when he was knocked down.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to hospital in a critical condition.

A police spokesman gave an update on the boy's condition.

He said: "He is no longer in a critical condition but he is still in hospital having treatment."

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A police investigation was launched into the incident that happened at the busy junction, which has recently undergone significant changes to its layout and now includes traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.

Police have been gathering witness statements and examining CCTV footage as they attempt to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The driver stopped at the scene.

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Police at the scene after last month's collision

Traffic officers and forensic investigators spent several hours examining the scene of the collision on Wednesday morning.

Last year road engineers worked on a complete redesign of the roundabout, creating a traffic signal-controlled junction.

St Helens Council said the redesign's purpose was to create a more balanced and measured traffic flow, reduce peak time queues and improve poor pedestrian and cyclist facilities.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any information, is asked to contact @MerPolCC, 101 quoting ref. 176 or the Roads Policing Unit on 0151 777 5747.