Neighbours have paid tribute to a ‘lovely’ Doncaster school girl, who died after a collision that is believed to have taken place as she was on her way to her grandma’s house after buying sweets at a nearby shop.
The 11-year-old girl, named locally as Ella Smith, was involved in a collision with a Citroen C3 on Watch House Lane, Bentley at the junction of Broughton Avenue at around 4.35pm yesterday afternoon.
She was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary shortly after the collision, but died last night. Neighbours told the Free Press that Ella was running back to her grandmother’s house from the McColls convenience store just 30 yards away when the collision occurred. A woman, believed to be Ella’s grandmother, when asked about the incident burst into tears and said: “I can’t talk. She was my granddaughter. I just can’t talk.” Floral tributes have begun to be placed at the scene of the collision.
One card, attached to a red rose, read: “To Ella Bella, you will always be my best friend xxx. I will love you forever. Love from Chloe, Cedar Class xxxxxxx.”
Yvonne McFarlane, of Watch House Lane, was home with her grandchildren when the accident occurred. The 57-year-old said: “I heard all of the emergency services turn up and when I opened the door she was just lying on the pavement in front of my house.
“My next door neighbour was looking after her and had put a blanket over her.
“He had seen it all happen, he said she just ran across the road. I think she must have misjudged the distance. It could happen to anyone.
She was just so still, I’m still in shaking. I haven’t been able to sleep from thinking about it all night.”
An unnamed lady who lives opposite Ella’s grandma said: “she had been at her grandmas and she was getting sweets from the shop. “I didn’t see anything but I heard a really big bang. It was such a loud bang.”
A Broughton Avenue resident, who said her son went to school with Ella at Bentley Kirkby Avenue Primary, called her a ‘lovely girl’.
She continued: “She was so polite and sensible. Everyone knew her.
“She was always smiling.
“It’s such a tragedy, especially when you’re a parent, I can’t even imagine what her family are going through.
“I’m not sure how I would cope if it happened to me.”
Marie Bidwell, of Watch House Lane, who knows Ella’s family, said she was in shock.
“I’d heard that there’d been an accident just outside, and then when I heard it was Ella I couldn’t believe it,” said the 29-year-old.
“I’ve always seen her and family around, everyone in Bentley knows them. It’s so sad.
“It’s every parents worst nightmare. When I found out I went up to kiss my four-year-old boy.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 646 of February 19, 2015. RELATED LINKS: