Mya Lawrence, 13, died while crossing the A256 Whitfield Hill in Kent in October last year – inquest revealed she suffered from a head injury and died at the scene
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A teenage girl has been killed after getting McDonald’s with friends, an inquest has found.
Mya Lawrence, 13, died while crossing the A256 Whitfield Hill in Kent in October last year.
She was walking home after going to the fast food restaurant with friends when she was hit by a car.
She was walking home from a visit to McDonald’s with some friends when she was hit by a car near a roundabout.
Coroner Katrina Hepburn confirmed yesterday at the inquest at County Hall in Maidstone that the cause of the teenager’s death was a traffic accident.
Mya and her pals exited McDonald’s and tried to cross the street through a gap in the fence around 7:40 p.m. to return to the housing development where they lived, the court heard.
Two of Mya’s friends recalled “back to the estate first” challenges, but it is unknown if Mya heard this or not.
Detective Constable Claire Fullagar of Kent Police told the inquest: “Two witnesses heard at least two comments about a challenge to try to get across the road faster, but there is no evidence Mya heard that challenge. ”
Mya had made it halfway across the road but as she turned into the second lane she was hit by a blue Vauxhall Astra driven by Daniel Browning.
A witness who arrived at the scene less than a minute later, a delivery driver, began administering first aid, and two off-duty nurses also attempted CPR while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
CPR efforts, which lasted more than an hour, were unsuccessful and Mya was pronounced dead at 8:53 p.m.
Her mother, Dawn Hopkins, was by her side, holding her hand as resuscitation stopped.
Mr Browning was tested for drugs and alcohol at the scene by officers but none were found.
He also passed a preliminary impairment test and was found not to be using his mobile phone at the time of the accident.
There were also no defects in the car that could have contributed to the accident.
It was also determined that he was driving below the speed limit of 50 km/h at the time of the collision.
Due to Mya’s dark clothing, it was very likely that Mr. Browning couldn’t see her and therefore couldn’t perform an emergency stop in time to avoid hitting her.
No criminal charges have been filed against Mr Browning.
Det Con Fullagar’s inquest concluded: “There was no evidence that Mr Browning contributed to the cause of the collision, so the cause must lie with the actions of Mya.”
Mya’s cause of death was confirmed as a head injury caused by a road traffic accident.
Ms Hepburn concluded, “I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family for these events that have led to the tragic loss of Mya.”
Speaking outside the courtroom after the verdict, Ms Hopkins paid tribute to her daughter and urged that more needs to be done to improve safety for pedestrians.
She said: “Mya was bright, very cheeky, she always wore sunglasses on her head. She was very friendly to everyone. She wanted to be a caregiver and was already helping other students at school with reading and writing.
“Her death has affected us greatly, we miss her dearly and her little sister turned six five days before the crash so October is a very up and down month.
“We’re just trying to get through it for our little one and trying to get back to normal.”
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