Tributes to girl hit by bus

A 12-year-old schoolgirl killed after being hit by a double-decker bus in south east London - was a ballet dancer in the musical Billy Elliot.

Charlotte Leatherbarrow died after being hit near her home in Herne Hill on Thursday night.

Her family have said that Charlotte "loved life and lived it to the full."

Children's dance captain Alan Bradshaw, who worked closely with Charlotte during her stint on Billy Elliot, paid tribute to her on behalf of fellow members of cast and crew.

"Charlotte was the most adorable girl," he said. "She was lively and energetic, had a wonderful smile and was an absolute pleasure to work with.

The bus driver, who was treated at the scene, escaped without serious injury. The accident is being investigated by police who are asking for witnesses to come forward.

An inquest into Charlotte's death is to be opened and adjourned, Scotland Yard said. A post-mortem will be carried out on Monday.

Comments (2)

  • Chris Hermen

    Thursday, 24 March 2011 19:16

    My thoughts go out to Charlottes family at this terrible time, so very sad to hear from my sister about the accident. I pray for some comfort for her Mum and Dad, and trust her soul is with God, ever dancing.

  • Anonymous

    Saturday, 19 March 2011 13:38

    So heart truly goes out to her family....Beautiful Girl...God Bless..xx

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