A TEEN girl, only 13, was tragically killed while crossing the road after getting McDonald’s as a half term treat with her pals.
Mya Lawrence, from Whitfield, Dover, died of a head injury after she she ran across a carriageway and was hit by a car, an inquest concluded today.
She was sadly found dead at the scene of the collision on the A256 on October 15 last year.
The friends had taken a short cut by crossing Whitfield Hill to get through a hole in a fence and then split into two groups to cross the road.
Some of the youngsters challenged the others to get across first, but Mya had not necessarily heard this, a detective told the court.
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The young girl was wearing dark clothes, so would have been harder to spot that the other girls.
It was also evening and not all the street lights were working.
Today the inquest concluded that the motorist was not at fault in any way and Mya’s death was “unavoidable”.
The driver of the blue Vauxhall Astra, Daniel Browning, was travelling comfortably below the 50mph speed limit.
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He was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs and was not on his phone.
The road surface was dry and the car had no mechanical defects.
Browning was never charged with any offence.
Coroner Katrina Hepburn said, after hearing all the evidence: “This is a tragic case involving the death of a young lady aged 13.
“She suffered significant head injuries and did not recover despite medical intervention a the scene.”
Mya’s mum, Dawn Hopkins, called for better road safety measures outside court today, but also smiled remembering her daughter.
She told Kent Online: “She was very friendly towards people, she wanted to help people out.
“I miss her loads. Her dad misses her. Her sister definitely does – she’s only six and it was five days after her sister’s birthday it happened, the first day of half term.
“So October’s a bit of an up-and-down month now but we’ve got to make of it what it is. Christmas was hard.”
Dawn also mentioned that the existing underpass at the roundabout doesn’t serve all the children who live in her area.
She said: “It’s really vital. They need to do something. It’s not safe.
“As for the lighting it’s not that good anyway. They need some sort of crossing so it’s easier to get to McDonald’s or towards that way.
“It needs to be something for the elderly as well so they don’t have to use the underpass.”
One of Mya’s schoolfriends told The Sun last year: “She was an absolutely kind-hearted, beautiful young teen she always made sure that everyone else was okay before herself.
“Not only that she was just a lovely young lady in person, she will be missed by many.”
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Meanwhile, Mya’s friend Ruby Harwood wrote on Facebook: “RIP Mya Lawrence you didn’t deserve what happened to you.
“Fly high you will be missed by many people.”