Sophia McDonald skip lorry tragedy: Inquest to hear how seven-year-old died crossing the road

An inquest is being held this afternoon into the death of Sophia McDonald, a seven-year-old girl who died when she was knocked down by a skip lorry in Coventry last October. The inquest will be held at Coventry Magistrates’ Court at noon. The St Laurence’s Primary School pupil was killed just yards from her Bell Green home in Henley Road, on October 18 last year.

In the days following Sophia’s death a shrine was home to hundreds of flowers, balloons and heartfelt messages . Sophia’s mum Yvonne Clarke told how her family was “overwhelmed and deeply grateful” to the people of Coventry, particularly Bell Green. Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay their respects at Sophia’s funeral, which took place at Coventry Cathedral on November 28.

Mourners were encouraged to wear pink, not black, for the service. The skip lorry involved belonged to Tom White Waste, based in Longford, and had been returning to the yard at the time tragedy struck.

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