‘Loving’ girl, 11, killed after stepping on road on way home from school

Emica Jackson-Miller, 11, from Torquay in Devon, was hit by a car while crossing the road on her way home from school and died of traumatic brain injury two weeks later

Emica Loralie Jackson Miller
Emica Loralie Jackson Miller

A teenage girl was hit by a car and killed after running in front of an oncoming car on her way home from school.

Emica Jackson-Miller, 11, had not long been in secondary school when tragedy struck in November last year.

Her mother, Holly-Jade Miller-Wood, described the crash as a “bad dream” and said her daughter was “very much loved by everyone,” she reports live in devon.

The seventh-grader had stepped onto the street without looking when a car drove by whose driver couldn’t avoid it, an inquest learned.

Emica, from Torquay, Devon, was taken to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and died two weeks later from severe traumatic brain injury.

An inquest by the Plymouth Coroner on Wednesday revealed how the traumatized driver was unable to avoid colliding with the youth.

Emica with her mother and younger sister


Holly-Jade Miller-Wood)

In a statement read in court, the woman told how she was traveling at about 40 km/h on the busy residential street due to the number of parked cars and speed bumps.

She recalled seeing “heaps” of school kids since it was 3:30 p.m. and not driving fast because she knew they were nearby.

“As I was passing some parked cars, I suddenly saw a young girl appear from behind a parked vehicle to my left,” she said.

“I hadn’t seen her on the raised sidewalk or the steps coming down the street. I only saw her torso.”

MPC Lucy Tyler-Jones told the inquest that evidence from the driver and witnesses confirmed Emica walked down the stairs and into the street from the driver’s left side.

The family demands a safer crossing


Holly-Jade Miller-Wood)

Emica would not have been seen due to her size, the investigation said


Holly-Jade Miller-Wood)

The investigating police officer added that Emica could not have been seen due to her height.

There were no defects in the car that could have caused or contributed to the collision, and the driver was not distracted by her phone or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

MPC Tyler-Jones concluded, “For an unknown reason, Emica stepped in the path of the car on the driver’s left without checking that the road was clear to cross.”

There is no evidence the driver fell below the standards of a competent driver, she added.

Coroner Ian Arrow recorded a conclusion of the road traffic collision and interviewed MPC Lucy Tyler-Jones about road safety concerns.

Flowers, teddies and ribbons were left at the scene


Holly-Jade Miller-Wood)

She said: “We are still in consultation with local authorities to see if there is any conclusion from their investigation of the scene.”

Mr Arrow asked for notification of the outcome and confirmed he would write to the Motorway Authority if necessary.

Coroners can use their powers to prevent future deaths by preparing a Regulation 28 report.

Efforts to make crossing the street safer after Emica’s death began in January.

Torbay MP Kevin Foster and local Conservative Councilor Andrew Barrand met at the scene of the accident to discuss possible road safety improvements.

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Cllr Barrand asked the council if bollards could be used to discourage curb and corner parking and create a better pedestrian crossing outside the school.

Torquay Academy Principal Steve Margetts paid tribute to Emica on the school’s website.

He said: “Emica made friends quickly and easily because of her contagious personality. Her friends describe her as kind, loving and caring.”

Since the tragedy, Emica’s family started a call in aid of Bristol Children’s Hospital’s Wallace and Gromit Appeal, raising nearly £11,000.

Speaking of Emica in their appeal, they said: “She is loved dearly and will always be remembered.

“Emica fell asleep on the side of the road on November 25th.

“She never woke up and died on December 11th surrounded by her family and the amazing team at Bristol Children’s Hospital.”

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