A 16-year-old girl was knocked over and killed by a pick-up truck as she walked home from her school prom, it has emerged.
The girl was among 95 pupils from the Braunton Academy in Devon attending the school’s annual leavers’ party at the Barnstaple Hotel on Thursday night.
The girl was hit by a Nissan truck on the rural A361 road in the early hours of Friday morning[/caption]
She had been at an annual leavers’ prom at the Barnstaple Hotel in Devon[/caption]
The event involved a disco, a two-course meal, and a bar serving non-alcoholic drinks, finishing at 11pm.
The pupil was hit by a Nissan pickup truck at around 12.40am on Friday while walking along the rural A361 road.
Emergency services were called and attended but the girl died at the scene.
Her next of kin have been informed.
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident that lead to the death of a teenager in North Devon.
“Police were called at around 12.40am on Friday, June 28, with reports of a collision between a Nissan pick-up and a 16-year-old local girl.”
“We would like to hear from anyone who was in this area of the A361 around the time of this collision.
“Any information can help with our investigation.
“This is a sad time for our community and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young girl.”
The incident has sparked an outpouring of grief from the local community.
Local mum Kez Sheridan said:”My son went to school with the girl.
“He said she was a really lovely person and is just devastated to hear this.
“I’m so sorry for all the family. No one should have to go through this.”
Local resident Michelle Smart said:”This is awful. Thoughts go to the family and friends.”
The road was temporarily closed in both directions in the Trimstone area, reopening on Friday morning.
Andrew Mosedale, HR manager for the Barnstaple Hotels group, said: “Our condolences go to the family.
“We have done some checking and the young lady was at the prom for the whole thing which finished at 11pm.
“We don’t know what happened after that or what provisions were made to get themselves away and back to their homes.
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“Obviously we are very upset by the news and we will be talking to the school to see if there is anything we can do in the future or currently to assist the school and family to move forward.
“When there is a prom we have bar staff and security staff and have bag searches, but I do believe there are quite a few after parties that go on in other peoples’ houses but we don’t know what they do when they leave us.”
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