A 74-year-old woman pedestrian has died in a hit-and-run collision with a van (Image: Manchester Evening News)

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A 74-year-old woman pedestrian has died in a hit-and-run collision with a van.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident in Newton Heath, Manchester, which took place at about 9.15am on Saturday.

It is believed the driver of the Mercedes van involved and a passenger ran off from the scene.

A 42-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He currently remains in police custody.

The woman's family are being supported by specialist officers, said Greater Manchester Police.

Officers were seen examining a van outside a shop.

Police at the scene in Manchester
(Image: Manchester Evening News)

Sergeant Brian Orr said: "This is a tragic incident where a woman has sadly lost her life and our thoughts remain with her family at this difficult time.

"An investigation is under way and I would ask any witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch with us.

"I'd also ask anyone with dashcam footage to get in touch by calling 0161 856 4741."

A woman who lives nearby told the Manchester Evening News: "I was upstairs and could hear a lot of beeping and shouting.

"I looked out and there were two men on the phone shouting 'get the police'.

"I saw a van on the corner and people all around it.

"By the time I got there, I feared the worst had happened.

Crime scene investigators have the road closed off
(Image: Manchester Evening News)

"The police, ambulance and fire brigade arrived and closed it all off.

"I am really shaken up. It's just so sad.

"I knew the lady to stop and say hello to. I just keep thinking about her family."

Another resident said: "I was in my living room, it was just after 9am.

"I heard men shouting.

"I grabbed my dressing gown, looked out and there were cars outside my house that aren't normally there.

"I then saw a guy running and there were police everywhere."

She said she saw a woman close to the scene in tears as she spoke to officers.

Police at the scene of the fatal crash
(Image: Manchester Evening News)

"It's just awful, so sad. That is someone's loved one."

A bus driver added he was on his route down Droylsden Road at around 9.30am when he was met by a police cordon.

He said he saw a helicopter circling overhead for 10 to 15 minutes afterwards.

"Whatever had happened, I knew it was horrific and that someone might have lost their loved one," he said.