UPDATE: 13-year-old girl dead after being hit by lorry in Catford

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Witnesses have described their horror after a 13-year-old girl was hit by a lorry in Catford and died this morning (July 16).

Emergency services were called to reports of a lorry in collision with a pedestrian on Brownhill Road near the junction with Stainton Road at around 7.35am.

News Shopper:

Police and London Ambulance Service attended the scene and a 13-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

News Shopper has spoken to several eye-witnesses to the accident, though large parts of their accounts are too distressing to print.

Dad-of-three John Lowe, 34, said: "I heard a really loud bang, I rushed out and there was a girl lying on the floor and her pencil case and schoolbag were on the floor."

He says he called emergency services but they were already on their way.

Witnesses say the girl was on or near a zebra crossing and there were other schoolchildren around.

Mr Lowe said: "That crossing is really dangerous."

Robyn Spencer, 22, said: "I was getting ready for work and I heard this loud scream. Like a high-pitched scream. It was awful.

"My dad put a blanket over her for her dignity."

She said she went to offer first aid but it was too late.

Deborah Barrett, 35, was getting her two-year-old daughter ready for school when the accident happened just outside her house.

She said: "You could hear the screeching and screaming and stuff.

"It wasn't pleasant at all."

She went on: "I know it's a zebra crossing but they really need a set of lights there too.

"Because it's such a busy road as well as cars you've got lorries because it's the road to everywhere.

"This is the second accident in six months and sadly this one is fatal.

"What's made things worse is they've removed the barriers from either side of the crossing. I think it's ridiculous."

The A205 road has reopened after being closed in both directions between the Catford Gyratory and Verdant Lane.

The male driver of the lorry stopped at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was taken into custody at a south London police station.

The Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Catford Traffic Garage is investigating.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information are asked to call the witness lines on 020 8285 1574.

Did you see what happened? Call the newsdesk on 01689 885732?

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9:49am Wed 16 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

How tragic for this young person to die in ths neeedless way.

I used to drive through thts way with my husband for 6 weeks and was shocked at the lack of road sense. Headphones, walking straight out in front of cars and vans and being totally oblivoius of traffic.

Lorry drivers are professional drivers and have to stick to very stringent regulations
How tragic for this young person to die in ths neeedless way. I used to drive through thts way with my husband for 6 weeks and was shocked at the lack of road sense. Headphones, walking straight out in front of cars and vans and being totally oblivoius of traffic. Lorry drivers are professional drivers and have to stick to very stringent regulations concerned.erith
  • Score: 37

10:53am Wed 16 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

concerned.erith wrote:
How tragic for this young person to die in ths neeedless way.

I used to drive through thts way with my husband for 6 weeks and was shocked at the lack of road sense. Headphones, walking straight out in front of cars and vans and being totally oblivoius of traffic.

Lorry drivers are professional drivers and have to stick to very stringent regulations
"The male driver of the lorry stopped at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was taken into custody at a south London police station. "


I guess you missed reading that part as you were far too busy jumping to conclusions.

RIP young lady and condolences to your family and friends who are having to deal with this.
[quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: How tragic for this young person to die in ths neeedless way. I used to drive through thts way with my husband for 6 weeks and was shocked at the lack of road sense. Headphones, walking straight out in front of cars and vans and being totally oblivoius of traffic. Lorry drivers are professional drivers and have to stick to very stringent regulations[/p][/quote]"The male driver of the lorry stopped at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was taken into custody at a south London police station. " I guess you missed reading that part as you were far too busy jumping to conclusions. RIP young lady and condolences to your family and friends who are having to deal with this. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -7

11:42am Wed 16 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

I did read the article - it's standard procedure when there is a death
I did read the article - it's standard procedure when there is a death concerned.erith
  • Score: 59

11:47am Wed 16 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

concerned.erith wrote:
I did read the article - it's standard procedure when there is a death
I guess it's also standard practice for morons to jump to stupid conclusions before all the facts are available.
[quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: I did read the article - it's standard procedure when there is a death[/p][/quote]I guess it's also standard practice for morons to jump to stupid conclusions before all the facts are available. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -13

11:59am Wed 16 Jul 14

concerned.erith says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
concerned.erith wrote:
I did read the article - it's standard procedure when there is a death
I guess it's also standard practice for morons to jump to stupid conclusions before all the facts are available.
Go crawl back under you stone
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: I did read the article - it's standard procedure when there is a death[/p][/quote]I guess it's also standard practice for morons to jump to stupid conclusions before all the facts are available.[/p][/quote]Go crawl back under you stone concerned.erith
  • Score: 68

12:10pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Thank you, I don't need to say another word.
Thank you, I don't need to say another word. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -20

12:41pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Debz79b says...

As a resident who overlooks the zebra crossing and today's accident I know not all lorry drivers do follow strict guidelines as u say. Our road is a very dangerous one for anyone to cross even at the crossings this is the second accident at this crossing in the last 6 months.
May she rest in peace. A neighbour
As a resident who overlooks the zebra crossing and today's accident I know not all lorry drivers do follow strict guidelines as u say. Our road is a very dangerous one for anyone to cross even at the crossings this is the second accident at this crossing in the last 6 months. May she rest in peace. A neighbour Debz79b
  • Score: 36

12:44pm Wed 16 Jul 14

mistrigf says...

Traffic on Brownhill Road is way to fast. Cars and Lorries do not slow down approaching this zebra crossing, it is a very dangerous crossing and always has been. My heart goes out to the family of this young girl. May she rest in peace.
Traffic on Brownhill Road is way to fast. Cars and Lorries do not slow down approaching this zebra crossing, it is a very dangerous crossing and always has been. My heart goes out to the family of this young girl. May she rest in peace. mistrigf
  • Score: 30

12:47pm Wed 16 Jul 14

mistrigf says...

Debz79b wrote:
As a resident who overlooks the zebra crossing and today's accident I know not all lorry drivers do follow strict guidelines as u say. Our road is a very dangerous one for anyone to cross even at the crossings this is the second accident at this crossing in the last 6 months.
May she rest in peace. A neighbour
Very True Debz, I live a little below you and never allow my children to use that crossing. Lorries hurtle down Brownhill Road. (I am not saying that this happened in this instance.)
[quote][p][bold]Debz79b[/bold] wrote: As a resident who overlooks the zebra crossing and today's accident I know not all lorry drivers do follow strict guidelines as u say. Our road is a very dangerous one for anyone to cross even at the crossings this is the second accident at this crossing in the last 6 months. May she rest in peace. A neighbour[/p][/quote]Very True Debz, I live a little below you and never allow my children to use that crossing. Lorries hurtle down Brownhill Road. (I am not saying that this happened in this instance.) mistrigf
  • Score: 29

3:07pm Wed 16 Jul 14

105pear says...

It is not standard procedure after an incident, yesterday a young man died in the city, driver wasn't arrested as witnesses saw what happened!

RIP little girl condolences to the family.
It is not standard procedure after an incident, yesterday a young man died in the city, driver wasn't arrested as witnesses saw what happened! RIP little girl condolences to the family. 105pear
  • Score: 10

4:26pm Wed 16 Jul 14

mouthalmighty says...

RIP little lady, and condolences to your family and friends.
RIP little lady, and condolences to your family and friends. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 20

4:44pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Linja says...

So sad - there are no words. RIP
So sad - there are no words. RIP Linja
  • Score: 23

4:47pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Ed4001 says...

We don't know what happened, it's very sad, but some of the comments from people there are a bit odd. Shouldn't be a zebra crossing should be lights? If you look before crossing it shouldn't be an issue. Again with the barriers. With or without them you have to look before stepping out.
We don't know what happened, it's very sad, but some of the comments from people there are a bit odd. Shouldn't be a zebra crossing should be lights? If you look before crossing it shouldn't be an issue. Again with the barriers. With or without them you have to look before stepping out. Ed4001
  • Score: 11

4:48pm Wed 16 Jul 14

sarfflondonbird says...

RIP young one, you were taken too soon. Sympathies go to her parents and family.
RIP young one, you were taken too soon. Sympathies go to her parents and family. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 27

8:03pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Deli maymun says...

I was told that this young girl was a student from abroad and was staying here with a host family. Does anyone know if this is true???? If this is the case it will be devastating for her parents as they are not here :-(((
I was told that this young girl was a student from abroad and was staying here with a host family. Does anyone know if this is true???? If this is the case it will be devastating for her parents as they are not here :-((( Deli maymun
  • Score: 13

9:45pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Stamfordcat says...

I cannot believe that a poor young girl has died and left a devastated family behind. To think that you are arguing over who was at fault or whether she did or didn't step out into the road is awful. All this speculation and arguing doesn't help. At the end of the day a young girl has lost her life, it makes no difference whose fault it was - if it was the lorry driver then the police will deal with it. The lorry driver will have to live with that vision for the rest of his life. RIP Young Lady xx
I cannot believe that a poor young girl has died and left a devastated family behind. To think that you are arguing over who was at fault or whether she did or didn't step out into the road is awful. All this speculation and arguing doesn't help. At the end of the day a young girl has lost her life, it makes no difference whose fault it was - if it was the lorry driver then the police will deal with it. The lorry driver will have to live with that vision for the rest of his life. RIP Young Lady xx Stamfordcat
  • Score: 22

9:55pm Wed 16 Jul 14

mouthalmighty says...

Ed4001 wrote:
We don't know what happened, it's very sad, but some of the comments from people there are a bit odd. Shouldn't be a zebra crossing should be lights? If you look before crossing it shouldn't be an issue. Again with the barriers. With or without them you have to look before stepping out.
I take it from your style of writing you are a person of advanced age. Therefore, you should be aware that accidents happen. Barriers afford some level of protection, as does lights instead of zebra crossing. This is because zebra crossings are not highly visible during the day. Any newcomer would not be aware of them, but lights are easier to spot even if they are not on. Lights alert you to be cautious, they are a universal traffic calmer. This road has always scared me, as there are not enough safe havens to cross the road. Admittedly, there are more there than 30 odd years ago.
[quote][p][bold]Ed4001[/bold] wrote: We don't know what happened, it's very sad, but some of the comments from people there are a bit odd. Shouldn't be a zebra crossing should be lights? If you look before crossing it shouldn't be an issue. Again with the barriers. With or without them you have to look before stepping out.[/p][/quote]I take it from your style of writing you are a person of advanced age. Therefore, you should be aware that accidents happen. Barriers afford some level of protection, as does lights instead of zebra crossing. This is because zebra crossings are not highly visible during the day. Any newcomer would not be aware of them, but lights are easier to spot even if they are not on. Lights alert you to be cautious, they are a universal traffic calmer. This road has always scared me, as there are not enough safe havens to cross the road. Admittedly, there are more there than 30 odd years ago. mouthalmighty
  • Score: -44

11:34pm Wed 16 Jul 14

chrissyboy81 says...

R.I.P. to the poor little girl. When I heard about this it deeply upset. I live on Stainton Road and think the best thing they can do is move the bus stop as people who are walking down Stainton Road and see there bus at that bus stop just run to get the bus. I aint saying thats what happened on this occasion but I used to do it. Just feel so sorry for ths family of this poor girl and feel sorry for the lorry driver if it wasn't he's fault.
R.I.P. to the poor little girl. When I heard about this it deeply upset. I live on Stainton Road and think the best thing they can do is move the bus stop as people who are walking down Stainton Road and see there bus at that bus stop just run to get the bus. I aint saying thats what happened on this occasion but I used to do it. Just feel so sorry for ths family of this poor girl and feel sorry for the lorry driver if it wasn't he's fault. chrissyboy81
  • Score: 20

1:24pm Thu 17 Jul 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Thank you, I don't need to say another word.
Thank God for that.............Can we hold you to that last statement?
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Thank you, I don't need to say another word.[/p][/quote]Thank God for that.............Can we hold you to that last statement? sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 32
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