A father was a passenger in a car that hit and killed his 12-year-old daughter on a road near their family home.
Abbie McLaren was knocked down on The Loaning in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, at around 4.15pm on Tuesday shortly after getting off a bus.
Her father, John, got out of the car straight after the crash and ran over to the victim to try and help, before realizing in horror who it was. ‘He just stood there completely frozen, he couldn’t move or say a thing,’ a witness told the Daily Record.
The witness said Mr McLaren was in the car with a male driver, who tried to get medical help.
‘The driver ran back up to where it all happened and just kept shouting, ‘Does anyone know CPR?” he said.
Abbie, a pupil at Dalziel High School, was treated by paramedics at the scene and then taken to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, where she died.
Police said a 38-year-old man has been arrested and is due to appear at Hamilton Sheriff Court today.
Cousin Amber White, 18, said: ‘She loved having a laugh and being goofy with everyone. Abbie was really clever but most of all, she just loved spending time with family and friends.’
Tributes to Abbie were left at the crash site, including a shirt signed by her friends and bouquets of flowers.
Members of the community have launched a petition calling on North Lanarkshire Council to introduce traffic control measures on the road.
It states: ‘I can’t imagine the pain and suffering the family are going through at this tough time and I think we all would not want it to happen to anyone again.
‘So even the simplest pedestrian crossing, priority system or even speed camera just to let children cross safely or at least slow traffic down could make it a lot safer for our children, grandchildren and even elderly.’
More than 8,700 people have signed the petition so far.
Motherwell & Wishaw MP Marion Fellows has also raised concerns about the situation and said she has written to North Lanarkshire Council to highlight the petition.
She tweeted: ‘My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Abbie who has sadly lost her life. My thanks go to the emergency services who attended and did their utmost to treat her.
‘The community is rightly heartbroken over what has happened.
The post ‘I was a passenger in the car that killed my daughter’ Man cries out appeared first on Kiss FM.