Friends pay tribute to Morley schoolgirl Hannah Hudson

SHOCKED and grief-stricken friends of a 12-year-old Morley girl who was killed as she walked to school on Monday have been leaving emotional tributes to her.

Hannah Louise Hudson, a year 7 pupil at Morley High School, died after being hit by a car just yards from her home in Britannia Road.

Hannah had just left on her daily walk to school at 8.10am when she was struck by a green Vauxhall Vectra after it mounted the pavement.

The car then crashed into a wall and a lamppost.

Neighbours hearing a loud bang rushed out to try and help Hannah but she died before arriving at Leeds General Infirmary.

The driver of the car, a 21-year-old man, was injured and taken to hospital, where he was arrested. Late yesterday he remained in police custody.

On Tuesday a second man, a 25-year-old, was arrested in connection with the collision.

Since the accident, bouquets of flowers, handwritten notes, teddy bears and pictures of Hannah, who also attended Fountain Primary School, have been left at the scene, near the junction of Dartmouth Avenue.

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One was from Hannah's best friend, Samantha Nunn, who said: "I know I'll see you again one day. Just wait until we get there.

"We are all missing you so much, Hannah, you made a big impact on everyone's lives, even the people who don't know you that well."

Friends have also set up a page in Hannah's name on social networking website Facebook, as well as on memorial site Gone Too Soon.

Staff and specially trained counsellors are helping her schoolfriends cope with their grief.

John Townsley, headteacher of Morley High School, said: "We are all very shocked at this tragic news. We feel the loss of our student very keenly. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time."

A number of accidents, including several fatalities, have happened on Britannia Road during the past 10 years and residents in the area are now demanding action be taken.

A petition urging Leeds City Council to install traffic calming measures along the stretch has been launched and a group set up on Facebook has attracted hundreds of members.

Campaign organiser Helen Chippendale lives close to where Hannah was killed and witnessed the accident's immediate aftermath as she left for work.

"I realised something had happened and then I saw someone laying in the road. I saw the school uniform so I realised it was a child. It's terrible. This has happened too many times now and something's got to be done."

Holbeck police are still appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them urgently. Anyone with information should ring Holbeck Road Traffic Department on 0113 2414642.