- Elizabeth Bell, 11, died after she was hit by a bin lorry in the Scottish Borders
Tributes have poured in for an 11-year-old schoolgirl who died after being hit by a bin lorry – as she is pictured for the first time.
Elizabeth Bell, 11, died on Wednesday – a week after she was struck by the vehicle on the A6105 near East Gordon in the Scottish Borders.
Now Elizabeth’s primary school has paid tribute to her, describing the schoolgirl as a ‘bright, friendly and caring soul’.
Gordon and Earlston Primary Schools, where the youngster attended, has set up a GoFundMe page for Elizabeth to give her ‘the best possible send-off’.
A statement on the page reads: ‘Following the tragic loss of our lovely Elizabeth, our school communities are keen to support her family in giving her the best possible send off.
Elizabeth Bell, 11, died on Wednesday – a week after she was struck by the vehicle on the A6105 near East Gordon in the Scottish Borders
Elizabeth Bell, 11, was struck by the vehicle on the A6105 near East Gordon in the Scottish Borders
‘Elizabeth was a bright, friendly, kind and caring soul who was a valued member of Gordon and Earlston Primary Schools and will be dearly missed.’
Kevin Wilson, headteacher of the school, posted in a tribute on Facebook: ‘Following the tragic news regarding Elizabeth, we have received lots of messages of support and condolences for the parents.
‘The suggestion made this week was for there to be a GoFundMe page created to support Elizabeth’s parents during this challenging time so that they can give her the best possible send off.
‘On behalf of both our school communities, we have included a link below should anyone wish to offer some financial assistance. Please feel free to share this far and wide.’
The collision happened at around 8.05am on January 31 and the 11-year-old was rushed to the Royal Hospital for Children in Edinburgh shortly after
The fundraiser has so far raised nearly £3,000 in under nine hours.
The collision happened at around 8.05am on January 31 and Elizabeth was rushed to the Royal Hospital for Children in Edinburgh.
Officers are appealing for information about the crash, which happened near a junction with an unclassified local road.
Sergeant Dom Doyle said: ‘Our thoughts are with Elizabeth’s family and they have asked for privacy at this very difficult time.
‘Inquiries are ongoing and we are asking anyone who has not already spoken to officers and can assist with our investigation to get in touch.’
Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 0574 of January 31.