Mya Lawrence, 13, died in October last year as she was crossing the A256 Whitfield Hill in Kent – the inquest heard she suffered from a head injury and died at the scene
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A teenage girl while killed after getting McDonald’s with pals, an inquest heard.
Mya Lawrence, 13, died in October last year as she was crossing the A256 Whitfield Hill in Kent.
She was walking home after going to the fast-food restaurant with friends when she was hit by a car.
She was walking home from a visit to McDonald’s with some friends when she was hit close to a roundabout by a car.
Coroner Katrina Hepburn confirmed the teen’s cause of death was a road traffic collision at the inquest at County Hall in Maidstone yesterday.
Mya and her pals left McDonald’s and were trying to cross the road through a gap in the fence to return to the housing estate where they lived at about 7.40pm, the court heard.
Two of Mya’s friends recalled challenges along the lines of “first one back to the estate”, but it is not known if Mya heard this or not.
Detective Constable Claire Fullagar, of Kent Police, told the inquest: “At least two comments were heard by two witnesses of a challenge to try and get across the road quicker, but there is no evidence Mya heard that challenge.”
Mya had made it halfway across the road but when entering the second lane she was hit by a blue Vauxhall Astra driven by Daniel Browning.
A witness who arrived at the scene less than a minute later, a delivery driver, began first aid and two off-duty nurses also attempted CPR while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
Resuscitation efforts lasting more than an hour were not successful and Mya was pronounced dead at 8.53pm.
Her mother, Dawn Hopkins, was by her side holding her hand when resuscitation was ceased.
Mr Browning was tested for drugs and alcohol at the scene by officers, but none were found.
He also passed a preliminary impairment test and it was determined he wasn’t using his mobile phone at the time of the crash.
There were also no defects on the car that could have contributed to the crash.
It was also determined he was driving below the 50mph speed limit at the time of the collision.
Due to Mya’s dark clothing, it was highly likely Mr Browning did not see her and therefore was unable to perform an emergency stop in enough time to avoid hitting her.
No criminal charges were brought against Mr Browning.
Det Con Fullagar’s investigation concluded: “There was no evidence Mr Browning contributed to the cause of the collision so the cause must lie with the actions of Mya.”
Mya’s cause of death was confirmed as a head injury caused by a road traffic collision.
Ms Hepburn concluded: “I want to pay my sincere condolences to the family for these events which led to the tragic loss of Mya.”
Speaking outside the courtroom after the verdict, Ms Hopkins paid tribute to her daughter and called for more to be done to improve safety for pedestrians.
She said: “Mya was bright, very sassy, she was always wearing sunglasses on her head. She was very friendly to everyone. She wanted to be a carer or support worker and was already helping other pupils at school with their reading and writing.
“Her death has affected us tons, we miss her loads, and her little sister turned six five days before the crash, so October is a very up and down month.
“We’re just trying to get through it for our little one and trying to get back to normal.”