Dover schoolgirl, 13, hit and killed by car on A256 was popular footballer who was ‘loved by everyone’

A Dover school has paid tribute to a 13-year-old pupil who was tragically hit and killed by a car last week.

Mya Lawrence died after she was struck by a vehicle while crossing the A256 Whitfield Hill on Friday evening (October 15).

Emergency services were called to the incident at around 7.40pm but the schoolgirl was pronounced dead at the scene.

Read more: Girl, 13, hit and killed by car in Dover

The headteacher of Dover Christchurch Academy, where Mya was a pupil, has paid a touching tribute to the teenager.

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Jamie MacLean told KentLive: “Mya was a lovely young lady.

“She was incredibly involved in school life – she was a reading ambassador, helping year seven students with their reading, and she was part of the girl’s football team as well.

“Frankly she was loved by everyone. She had a massive group of friends that spanned the entire way from year seven to year eleven which really is testament to her popularity.”

Mya Lawrence was a pupil at Dover Christchurch Academy
Mya Lawrence was a pupil at Dover Christchurch Academy

Dover Christchurch Academy is currently closed for October half-term, but Mr MacLean has opened the school today (October 18) to support students and parents/guardians following Mya’s death.

A post on the school’s Facebook page reads: “In light of recent tragic events we have decided to open the school today as a place of solace and support for any student or parent/guardian who may wish to use the communal space.

“A selection of staff have elected to come to school to support our students and we will be offering activities around the arts and sports throughout the day.

“Senior staff, pastoral members and counselling staff will also be available throughout the day for anyone who needs someone to talk to.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have been affected by this tragedy.”

According to Mr MacLean, a huge number of students have turned up at the school to pay tribute to Mya – leaving hundreds of tributes in her memory.

Tributes were also left at the scene of the accident while friends and family have been posting on social media following Mya’s sudden death.

Floral tributes have been left at the scene on the A256 in memory of Mya Lawrence
Floral tributes have been left at the scene on the A256 in memory of Mya Lawrence

One heartbreaking note left with flowers reads: “Dear Mya, you were taken too soon.

“You are probably partying up there and having the time of your life but you should be doing that down here with everyone.

“Fly high and rest easy.”

Mya’s friend Ruby Harwood posted a tribute publicly on Facebook, she wrote: “R.I.P Mya Lawrence u didn’t deserve what happened to u, fly high u will be missed by many people.”

She later added: “Mya Lawrence R.I.P your missed by many girly, so upsetting to know your gone but we all now know ur not in pain anymore and having the time of your life up there, while looking down on everyone.”

Elizabeth Blackstock publicly posted: “Rip Mya Lawrence you never deserved what happened you will be missed.”

Police are appealing for witnesses after Mya Lawrence died on October 15 in Dover
Police are appealing for witnesses after Mya Lawrence died on October 15 in Dover

Police believe a blue Vauxhall Astra was travelling along the road after exiting the Whitfield roundabout when it collided with 13-year-old Mya, who was crossing the carriageway.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision or has dashcam footage which might assist their enquiries.

Witnesses should call the SCIU appeal line on 01622 798 538 or email [email protected] quoting the reference SM/CF/116/21.

Article Source: Kent Live