A schoolgirl is fighting for her life after she was left lying in the road with a fractured skull in a hit-and-run incident in the Black Country. The 15-year-old was found by an off-duty policeman on Grange road in Stourbridge, West Midlands.

She had suffered a fractured skull, broken legs and internal injuries. The collision on 17 December is believed to have happened just before 10pm GMT on Grange Lane, near Pedmore Technology College.

A spokesman for the ambulance service said: "On arrival, it was clear that the 15 year old had multiple serious injuries. There was no car at the location." He added: "She was treated at the scene by ambulance staff before being taken to Russells Hall Hospital.

"After being anaesthetised, the MERIT trauma doctor was called and he travelled with her in an ambulance to Birmingham Children's Hospital for specialist care.

"On arrival at the Children's, she was described as critical but stable."

Police are investigating reports that a light grey or light blue coloured vehicle was involved and are urging anyone who witnessed the crash, or who has any information, to contact them.

Sergeant Steve Newbury from West Midlands Police's Collision Investigation Unit said: "The girl is very poorly in hospital ... it's shocking to think someone could leave a child seriously hurt in the street, drive off and make no effort to get her medical treatment.

"Clearly this is distressing at any time for the girl's family but to happen just days before Christmas is truly heart-breaking." He added: "If anyone saw what happened, was driving in the area at the time, or has any suspicions over who may have been involved, then please call me."

The Collision Investigation Unit can be contacted by calling 101.