Schoolgirl died after being hit by lorry as she crossed road to meet dad

A teenage girl was hit by a lorry while crossing the road to meet her dad who had come to pick her up from school after her school bus broke down. Eliza Bill, 16, was struck on the A15 at Osbournby in Lincolnshire after calling her dad from the broken down bus to come and collect her and a friend, and inquest heard. The schoolgirl and her friend crossed the road as they believed her father would collect them from that side, Lincolnshire Live reported.

Her father, Brian Bill, arrived in his car but turned around, meaning that the girls had to cross the road again The schoolgirls stepped out linked arm-in-arm. A witness said she saw the pair look right and that the lorry came from their left side.

When Brian completed his manoeuvre he saw his daughter lying in the middle of the carriageway. Eliza died from her injuries.

She was hit by a lorry as she crossed the road

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Her 16 year-old friend, who can not be named for legal reasons, received a glancing blow from the lorry but did not suffer any serious injuries. David Stimpson, 77, who was driving the Scania lorry, told the inquest at Boston Coroner’s Court: “I was looking straight in front when all of a sudden I saw two girls running across towards me.

“They were more or less on top of me and I thought there’s no way they could stop before they hit me. “I first saw them in the corner of my windscreen on my left hand side. “They were waving their arms and laughing and I just thought they were larking about I couldn’t understand what they were doing.

“I swerved to the right and slammed my breaks on, but I just knew there was no way I could have stopped before they hit me. I tried to avoid them. “If I could have done anything more to avoid having a collision with them I would have.

“I just knew they couldn’t stop in time before they hit me.” A statement was read out at the inquest from Eliza’s friend. “We were chatting, laughing and were trying to pay attention”, she said.

“But by the time I saw the lorry it was too late.” A report from the serious collision investigation unit at Lincolnshire Police concluded that Mr Stimpson did everything that he could in the short space of reaction time. The report also found a breach of local authority code which states that in the event that a bus breaks down drivers should not allow passengers to leave the bus.

However, coroner Paul Smith deemed that as it was a scheduled stop it was not unreasonable, given the students age, to let them get off the bus.

He concluded that Eliza died as a result of a road traffic collision.

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