Sharjah: A 22-year-old policeman died on Sunday morning after he was hit by a vehicle while the officer was helping a motorist whose car had broken down on Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road in Sharjah, police said.

The officer, only identified by his initials H.S.Th., works with Dubai Police. He was hit near the National Paints intersection in Sharjah.

The victim, from Tanzania, died on the spot, police said.

The police operations room received a call at about 6am and a rescue team was dispatched to the scene, and pronounced him dead.

The motorist who caused the accident has been taken to custody for questioning.