A murder investigation is underway after a woman, who police believe was deliberately run down by a car, has died.

Alison McBlaine, 36, passed away in hospital this afternoon (November 21) after she was knocked down by a car that mounted the pavement in Blackburn, Lancashire, on Tuesday evening.

Her family, including her 12-year-old son Reagan, were by her bedside, according to Lancashire Police.

Police say the car, a Fiat Punto Grande, deliberately mounted the pavement on Whalley Banks at the junction with Pearson Street, before colliding with Alison, and a second pedestrian, a man aged 26 from Blackburn who received minor injuries.

The car, believed to be on cloned number plates, failed to stop at the scene of the collision and a similar car was later found on Lower Hollin Bank Street with significant front end damage.

Police say attempts had been made to set the vehicle on fire.

Officers want to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw the car, registration EX07PYA, in the moments before or after the collision.

A 25-year-old man from Blackburn has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Lee Wilson, said: “Alison sadly passed away from her injuries today and my thoughts remain with her and her loved ones, including her young son.

"This is now a murder investigation and I have a team of detectives and staff continuing to work hard on this investigation and we continue to follow a number of different lines of inquiry.

“While we have made one arrest our enquiries are very much on-going and I would continue to appeal to anyone who can help us find out what has happened and who has carried out this horrific act to come forward.

 

"The public’s help is key to us in piecing together the events which led up to this collision and to finding those responsible and I am grateful to everyone who has assisted us so far.

"No matter how insignificant you may feel the information you have is I would urge you to come and speak to us."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log 0915 of November 20.

You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.