Canterbury: Tributes To Teenager Killed On Crossing
12 February 2015, 06:00
The family of a 14-year-old girl killed when she was struck by a train have spoken of the loss of their "beautiful" and "amazing" daughter.
Sacha Wheeler was on her way home when she was hit at the Glebe Way foot crossing in Whitstable, Kent, just before 6pm on Sunday.
It is the fourth fatality to occur on the notorious crossing in recent years and Network Rail is looking at closing it.
In a statement issued through the British Transport Police (BTP), Sacha's family said her death had left them heart-broken.
It said: "Tragically, our beautiful 14-year-old daughter, Sacha Wheeler, was struck and killed by a train on Sunday, 8 February, at around 6pm, whilst on her way home, at Glebe pedestrian crossing in Whitstable, Kent.
"Our amazing daughter has been taken from us, our hearts are broken and our lives will never be the same again."
Sacha was a pupil at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School in Canterbury where she was described as a "great asset".
A Network Rail spokesman said: "Foot crossings like Glebe Way are an anachronism - a legacy of the past - and we would like to remove or replace as many of them as possible.
"We are committed to working with our neighbours and crossing users in Whitstable to try to achieve this at Glebe Way.
"In the short term we have brought security to the crossing to reassure the public and crossing users."
BTP detectives have asked anyone who saw Sacha on the evening that she died to contact them.
She was slim, had long auburn hair, and was wearing a two-tone blue striped scarf, green Parka jacket, blue jeans and blue Nike trainers.
Detective Constable Paula Eustace said: "I would like to hear from anyone who might have seen Sacha in the minutes before her death.
"It could be the smallest piece of information, but it might help me piece together what happened."
Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP on 0800 405040.