Walton hit-and-run: Police launch attempted murder inquiry
A hit-and-run collision that left a 17-year-old motorcyclist fighting for life is being treated as attempted murder, police have said.
The teenager was knocked off his scrambler bike in a collision with a dark 4x4 truck in Walton, Liverpool, at 21:00 GMT on Friday.
He was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.
Police said they believe he was chased and deliberately "rammed" by the 4x4.
The vehicle was then driven off down Dyson Street, and officers have appealed for witnesses to contact them.
'Knocked from behind'
Det Ch Insp Mark Kameen, of Merseyside Police, said: "We believe the 4x4 pursued the scrambler bike into Dyson Street from Goodison Road and knocked the rider from his bike from behind.
"We are determined to catch the people responsible for this attack and we are treating the incident as attempted murder.
"The motorcyclist has been targeted for some reason and we need to know why and by who.
"We are keen to trace the offending vehicle and believe it may have a flat rear tyre."
Det Ch Insp Kameen said a similar vehicle was seen in the area before the incident.
It had a distinctive silver foot-rail around each side, with a front headlight out and a spare wheel on the back of the rear door.