A DESPERATE dad screamed as he gave his dying five-year-old daughter CPR after she was knocked down outside a school.
He was holding the youngster’s hand after picking her up from an after-school club at Newstead Primary when she was hit by a delivery driver.
The devastated dad was seen running up and the down the cul-de-sac in Stoke-on-Trent with his stricken daughter in his arms.
Sadly she couldn’t be saved and was declared dead by paramedics shortly after the horror just before 6pm yesterday.
A 63-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in custody.
A family friend told how the dad-of-three works a neurosurgeon at various NHS hospitals across the country.
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He had driven home from a night shift in Bristol when he went to pick the girl up while carrying his baby in a portable car seat.
The pal told The Sun Online: “They were all just crossing the road. He had hold of his daughter’s hand when the car struck her.
“The father told me that he had done everything he could to save his daughter but she was limp.
“He told me that the night before he had saved the life of a teenager and the night before that he had saved another old man’s life but when it mattered he could not save his own daughter.
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“The family are broken by this. They are completely numb.”
Another friend slammed the lack of signage on the road where the primary school and a special needs school are located.
He continued: “I know the little girl and she was so proud of her dad.
“She told me that if anything ever went wrong, her Dad would fix it. It’s just heartbreaking.”
Local Gareth Parkin was returning from the shop when he was stopped by a woman asking if he could perform CPR.
He said: “I saw the little girl lying on the pavement in her blue school uniform with a man, her dad I assume, kneeling over her trying to perform CPR.
“He was in a complete state as you’d imagine and shouting for help. At one point he was running up and down with the child in his arms.
“The dad had another child with him who was in a carry cot. They were being held by a woman, who may have been one of the teaching staff.
“The ambulance arrived really quickly but there was nothing they could do. It was a really upsetting scene.”
Another resident said the arrested driver claimed the girl had appeared from between parked cars where parents were waiting to pick their children up.
He added: “The dad was trying to do CPR and another man had come out of his flat and was holding an umbrella over them because it was sleeting.
“There was a van and a couple of other cars parked on the double yellow lines outside the school.
“Parents do that when they are picking up children but it is dangerous as there are residents cars parked on the other side of the road where there are no restrictions.”
Staffordshire Police confirmed they were called to the scene at around 5.52pm yesterday where they found the youngster in cardiac arrest.
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They said she had been in a collision with a grey Volkswagen Touran.
Her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers.
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