A 16-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries after being involved in a collision with a Land Rover while riding her bike in Poole.
A spokesman from Dorset Police said the collision happened at around 1.45pm on Foxholes Road, near the junction to Lime Close.
The spokesman said: “The female was knocked off her bicycle.
“She suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Southampton Hospital where she is currently being assessed.”
Her next of kin have been informed and are with her at Southampton General Hospital.
She remains in a serious condition.
The air ambulance landed at Parkstone Heights.
The collision involved a silver Land Rover Freelander registered to an address in Poole.
The driver was a 59-year-old local male.
The road was closed for much of the afternoon.
Foxholes Road residents said everyone had been left shocked by the incident.
Chantal Hoskam said: “I heard things going on but I didn’t know what was happening. Then I heard the ambulance.
“I came out and saw lots of people trying to help her.
“I hope she’s OK.”
One resident, who asked not to be named, added: “It’s very sad. My wife is a nurse and went out to help.
"Everyone came out to see if they could do something.”
John Reeves added: “We hope she makes a speedy recovery.”
Poilce are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 101.