UPDATE: Teen killed by lorry in Catford named locally as exchange student Sharon Chen

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A teenager who died after being hit by a lorry near a Catford pedestrian crossing has been named locally as foreign student Sharon Chen.

Sharon, a 13-year-old from Taiwan, was in the UK for three weeks and was due to fly home next week.

She was on her way to a Bromley summer school when she was hit by a lorry yesterday morning (July 16).

Witnesses spoke of their horror at hearing screams during the incident near the zebra crossing in Brownhill Road.

Emergency services were called to the junction with Stainton Road at around 7.35am but Sharon was pronounced dead at the scene.

The girl's family have been informed and are understood to be making their way to London.

Jacqui Fox from Twin Group, a Lewisham-based company which had organised the girl's stay, said: "Our immediate thoughts are with the friends and family of the deceased and their tragic loss and we are supporting the parents who are currently on route to the UK."

She added: "We are liaising with the group's consular office and our own management team on the ground to provide the utmost care to the rest of the students and their group leaders, including providing trauma counselling.

"We are also working with the local authorities to understand the cause of the accident."

A post-mortem examination was due to take place this afternoon (July 17).

After the accident, the 39-year-old male driver stopped at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was bailed until October 17 and Catford Traffic Garage’s serious collision investigation unit are investigating.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call the police on 020 8285 1574.

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1:07pm Thu 17 Jul 14

RVD420 says...

this story just keeps getting worse
this story just keeps getting worse RVD420
  • Score: 2

2:52pm Thu 17 Jul 14

reasonable75 says...

RVD420 wrote:
this story just keeps getting worse
Why do NS have to create new articles every time?

If this poor girl was an exchange student perhaps she wasn't aware of traffic rules
[quote][p][bold]RVD420[/bold] wrote: this story just keeps getting worse[/p][/quote]Why do NS have to create new articles every time? If this poor girl was an exchange student perhaps she wasn't aware of traffic rules reasonable75
  • Score: 16

2:54pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Danni.91 says...

Dreadful :(. Poor girl xx my thoughts are with her family at this sad time xx
Dreadful :(. Poor girl xx my thoughts are with her family at this sad time xx Danni.91
  • Score: 5

5:30pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Germinal says...

This was an accident waiting to happen.
Traffic along Brownhill Road has speeded up since the timing of the lights at Torridon Road were alterede recently. Traffic along Torridon Road have only 10 seconds to cross, but Brownhill Road traffic has a full 2 minutes of green light before changing. Consequently its an open road from the junction with Verdant Road to the Catford gyratory and it becomes a racing track of heavy vehicles. Crossing Brownhill Road has been a nightmare for pedestrians, and Torridon Road has become a traffic holdup because of the slow lights.
This was an accident waiting to happen. Traffic along Brownhill Road has speeded up since the timing of the lights at Torridon Road were alterede recently. Traffic along Torridon Road have only 10 seconds to cross, but Brownhill Road traffic has a full 2 minutes of green light before changing. Consequently its an open road from the junction with Verdant Road to the Catford gyratory and it becomes a racing track of heavy vehicles. Crossing Brownhill Road has been a nightmare for pedestrians, and Torridon Road has become a traffic holdup because of the slow lights. Germinal
  • Score: 5

12:53pm Fri 18 Jul 14

mouthalmighty says...

Why was she not escorted across this treacherouus road? 13 and a stranger to these parts. The host family need to rethink their caring guidelines.
Why was she not escorted across this treacherouus road? 13 and a stranger to these parts. The host family need to rethink their caring guidelines. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 2
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