5:32am Saturday 14th June 2014
By Kathie Griffiths
Prayers have been said for the family of a six-year-old Lilly Davies who suffered fatal injuries in a road accident on her way to school.
Nicky Kilvington, head teacher at Stocks Lane Primary School in Clayton Heights, said all the staff and pupils were upset and saddened at Thursday's tragedy .
A carpet of posies, bouquets, teddies and cards lie at the junction of Beacon Road and Beacon Place in Wibsey, Bradford, where the little girl was in a collision with a Land Rover Freelander at about 8.30am.
She sustained serious head injuries and was taken to Leeds Royal Infirmary by air ambulance, but doctors were unable to save her and she died hours later.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time,” said Mrs Kilvington.
Lilly's uncle, Leon Robinson, said the tragedy had broken hearts and devastated her parents who were being comforted by family and friends.
"We are all grief-stricken, very emotional," said Mr Robinson.
"We can't believe she's gone. Her mum was with her pushing the pram, she wishes she could have just grabbed hold of her hand."
West Yorkshire Police are still investigating the full circumstances of the incident which happened only a short distance from Lilly's home - she and her mum Jenna Hatfield, who is still too upset to speak, had moved into Beacon Place about three months ago.
According to Mr Robinson they had been on their way to her granddad's house before going to school.
Beacon Road was closed for several hours while emergency services and accident investigators carried out a detailed examination of the scene and officers are looking closely at CCTV footage from the Costcutter store opposite..
Sila Patel, who runs the store at the junction of Beacon Road and Beacon Place, said yesterday: "The mum came to look at all the flowers and teddy bears.
"She was there for about two hours crying. She's taken some of the cards away with her. People are still coming with more.
"This is very busy road, it needs to be made safe because of children crossing."
Residents have already been campaigning for safety improvements on the road which has no cameras or speed bumps - the issues was raised again recently when 200 of them met to object to plans for a new take-away opening.
One of them Jane Atkinson, of Beacon Road, said: "Has it really taken someone to be killed before something is going to be done to make Beacon Road safe?
"We hear cars, some going up to 60 or 70mph on a night - but even in the daytime they're at it. It's a busy, big, wide road and at the moment it's not safe."
Police have confirmed a nine-year-old boy was in an accident with a car in Beacon Road on Monday but was not badly hurt.
Bradford Council leader and Wibsey ward Councillor David Green said his sympathies went out to Lilly's family but insisted work was ongoing to make improvements to the road.
"The Council has been aware of some residents' concerns since last year.
"It's a busy road we are continuing to work up a scheme that is acceptable for residents. It's not something that has been kicked into the long grass, it's being pursued."
Police have appealed for witnesses to the accident, or who saw the Land Rover prior to it, to contact PC 2718 Greenwood at the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 101.
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