Police name fatal coach crash girl

By Rebecca SheppardA LITTLE girl who was killed in a collision with a coach while riding her bike has been named.Kiara Stevenson-Mann, of Ireland Road, Ipswich, died on Thursday lunchtime after the accident on a busy stretch of road.

By Rebecca Sheppard

A LITTLE girl who was killed in a collision with a coach while riding her bike has been named.

Kiara Stevenson-Mann, of Ireland Road, Ipswich, died on Thursday lunchtime after the accident on a busy stretch of road.

A Suffolk police spokesman said Kiara had been due to celebrate her sixth birthday on Tuesday.


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She died after suffering serious head injuries in the accident on Landseer Road in Ipswich, between the junctions with Reynolds Road and Raeburn Road.

Flowers and tributes have built up at the spot, many from family and friends. One read “Kiara, miss you loads, lots of love and kisses, Nan and Grandad Stevenson”.

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David Shawcross, minister at the Landseer Road Methodist Church, said: “It's a terrible thing that has happened to the family and I've seen others who have suffered from the same sort of thing.

“When a child dies or is killed, it isn't only the family who are saddened and shockwaves do go through the whole community. That's why people are laying flowers at the site.”

Former councillor Ron Crane said his father had been killed near to the spot in 1949 and added: “It never goes away and this accident did bring it back. This has been an accident waiting to happen, it is a most dangerous road.”

Mr Crane said he wanted to start a petition to drop the speed limit on the road to 20mph.

rebecca.sheppard@eadt.co.uk

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