A young girl walking to school was killed after being struck by a runaway tyre from a passing Land Rover. Amelia Wood, 11, was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after the accident near Louth, Lincs, on Tuesday but police confirmed today that she has died. One shocked witness said that he knew the driver, a local man in his 20s, had only had the off-road vehicle for a month He added: “He is devastated by what has happened. He doesn’t know what to do with himself.”
The white, heavily-modified Land Rover Discovery lost the 33-inch wheel which careered into a footpath and hit Amelia as she was walking to a school bus stop. Witnesses said that luckily an East Midlands Ambulance Service ambulance was in nearby traffic so was able to attend to Amelia within minutes.
Martin Brown, of Louth Academy, where Amelia attended, paid tribute to “popular, caring and determined” student who was a keen netball player. He said: “Amelia was a well-loved student who will be greatly missed by staff and students at the Academy. We are all devastated by such tragic news … She was a very popular and caring student who always helped and supported her friends. Amelia will be remembered at the Academy as a vibrant, passionate and very determined student.”