A shocked driver was forced to flee an angry mob who turned on him as he tried to help a dying toddler he had accidentally knocked down in his car.
The 45-year old motorist stopped his silver estate after it struck three-year-old Harley Huetson who was playing on a scooter in the road.
But as the unnamed driver tried to help resuscitate Harley, angry locals confronted the man and began pushing and jostling him on the street.
They began hurling abuse and even smashed his car windows. Fearful he would be attacked, the man tried to drive off, but abandoned the Vauxhall Astra a few streets away.
However, some of the residents continued to chase him and he flagged down a passing car, before handing himself in to a police station moments later.
Harley suffered multiple injuries and was taken to hospital where he later died.
Last night one resident condemned the behaviour of some locals towards the distraught motorist.
'They were being very aggressive towards this man when they should have been helping the boy
. We're all devastated at what's happened.'
The tragedy occurred at 4.15pm on Wednesday when Harley was playing on his scooter
with friends outside his uncle's home in a quiet suburban street in Clayton, Greater Manchester.
Police said he was in the road when he was hit.