Teenage girl killed by car after trip to McDonald’s with friends – inquest
A teenage girl who was killed while crossing a busy road may have been egged on by her friends, an inquest has heard.
Mya Lawrence, 13, of Whitfield near Dover in Kent, died on October 15 2021 as she was crossing the A256 Whitfield Hill. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
She was walking home from a visit to McDonald’s with some friends when she was hit close to a roundabout by a car.
An inquest into Mya’s death on Monday was heard at County Hall in Maidstone and coroner Katrina Hepburn confirmed the cause of her death was a road traffic collision.
The court heard that at about 7.40pm Mya and her friends had left McDonald’s and were attempting to cross the A256 before cutting through a gap in a fence to return to the housing estate where they lived.
Two of Mya’s friends remembered hearing challenges along the lines of “first one back to the estate”, but it is not known if Mya heard this or not.
Mya had made it halfway across the road but when entering 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 first aid and two off-duty nurses also attempted CPR while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
Resuscitation efforts lasting more than an hour were not successful and Mya was pronounced dead at 8.53pm.
Her mother, Dawn Hopkins, was by her side holding her hand when resuscitation was ceased.
Police officers who attended the scene carried out alcohol and drug detection tests upon Mr Browning and no drugs or alcohol were detected. He also passed a preliminary impairment test and analysis of his mobile phone showed it was not in use at the time of the crash.
There were no defects of his car which would have contributed to the collision, and analysis of the scene concluded he would have been driving below the 50mph speed limit at the time of the collision.
Due to Mya’s dark clothing it was highly likely Mr Browning did not see her and therefore was unable to perform an emergency stop in enough time to avoid hitting her.
No criminal charges were brought against Mr Browning.
Detective Constable Claire Fullagan, of Kent Police, gave evidence at the inquest and their investigation concluded “there was no evidence 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 collision.
Coroner Ms Hepburn concluded: “I want to pay my sincere condolences to the family for these events which led to the tragic loss of Mya.”Published: by Radio NewsHub