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Neighbours' shock at death of 11-year-old Stanmore schoolgirl Lily-Rose Murphy
Neighbours of schoolgirl who was killed after being hit by a car while she waited at a bus stop say they are in shock after the incident.
Lily-Rose Murphy, 11, of Samuel Close, was waiting at a bus stop in The Common, Stanmore, with her mother shortly after 12.20pm on Wednesday when a car mounted the pavement and collided with them.
The Bushey Academy pupil was pronounced dead at the scene, while her mother, 46, is currently in hospital in a critical condition.
Saleem Akhtar, 71, who lives near the family's home in Stanmore said: “It is such a shock to all of us round here.
“She was such a friendly, bubbly girl and she would always be out playing with the other kids and my grandchildren.
“It is such a shame for something like this to happen at this time of year.”
Khatera Azizi, who also lives nearby, said: "On the day it happened we saw a police car come into the close but we didn’t know what had happened.
“When I found out I was just horrified. It’s such a horrible thing to happen to such a nice girl.
“She was lovely and would always play with the other children. I just can't believe that sweet girl has gone.”
Floral tributes have been left at the scene of the incident and Lily-Rose’s headteacher Andrew Hemmings paid tribute to her saying she was a ‘popular and hardworking' student’.
The driver of the car, a 69-year-old woman, was cut from the vehicle and taken to hospital with minor injuries.
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