Girl, seven, killed after being hit by lorry while out riding her bike

Girl, seven, is killed after being hit by lorry while out riding her bicycle as her mother pays heartbreaking tribute to her ‘beautiful, courageous’ daughter

  • Eloise Jackson died in the village of Collingbourne Ducis in Wiltshire on Tuesday
  • Mother Laura told how pain ‘cannot be expressed’ after the loss of her daughter
  • Police rushed to the scene – just a few hundred yards from her home – on Tuesday
  • The little girl was taken to hospital in Salisbury but she died soon after arrival

A seven-year-old girl was killed after being hit by a lorry while out riding her bicycle as her mother paid heartbreaking tribute to her ‘beautiful, courageous’ daughter.

Eloise Jackson died on Tuesday evening when she was run over by the heavy goods vehicle at a junction on a busy road in the village of Collingbourne Ducis in Wiltshire.

The youngster had celebrated her seventh birthday with mother Laura, father James and her big sister at home in the village just four months ago.

Laura told how her pain ‘cannot be expressed’ after the loss of her ‘wonderful daughter whom I was blessed to call my own’.

Police rushed to the scene – just a few hundred yards from her home – on Tuesday and the little girl was taken to hospital in Salisbury. But she tragically died soon after arrival. 

Officers have spoken to the lorry driver, but there have been no arrests in connection with Eloise’s death.

Eloise Jackson, seven, was killed after being hit by a lorry while out riding her bicycle as her mother (pictured together) paid heartbreaking tribute to her ‘beautiful, courageous’ daughter

Villagers are seen leaving floral tributes to Eloise, who died yesterday after being hit by a lorry

The little girl’s mother left a heartbreaking tribute at the scene of the crash. 

It read: ‘To my darling daughter. I will miss you forever. The pain I am feeling now cannot be expressed. My wonderful, bubbly, Fizzy – RIP Darling.xx’

The note went on: ‘God take me instead, not my child. Not my beautiful, brave, courageous, hilarious, wonderful daughter whom I was blessed to call my own. 

‘I will love you until the day we will be together again. Mummy. xxx’ 

Police today appealed for any witnesses to the tragedy to contact them.

Police closed the street or more than eight hours as the accident was investigated by specialist roads policing officers.

A pathologist is due to carry out a post mortem examination on her body to ascertain the exact cause of death.  


Eloise (pictured) died on Tuesday evening when she was run over by the heavy goods vehicle at a junction on a busy road in the village of Collingbourne Ducis in Wiltshire

Officers have spoken to the lorry driver, but there have been no arrests in connection with Eloise’s (pictured) death

Police closed the street or more than eight hours as the accident was investigated by specialist roads policing officers. Pictured: Tributes at the scene

The seven-year-old’s parents have left their home, with a neighbour saying: ‘They could not bear to be in the house.’ 

The scene of the crash was in a large dip in the A338 before it runs up to the church at the heart of Collingbourne Ducis. 

There is a quiet side street leading away from the crash site.

Local resident David Cross said: ‘I was with my neighbour when I heard a bang. I went out onto the road and saw the police cars. Everyone was on the road.

‘I could see someone on the road trying to resuscitate her, it was just really heartbreaking.’

The 85-year-old great-grandfather added: ‘I have lived here for 45 years and the speed cars come down the hill, it is no wonder we have had an accident.

‘We had an accident here 30 years ago where a man fell out of a van and he fell on the road and was killed.

‘She was just a little child, bless her. As a grandfather and great-grandfather, it just makes you worry about your own kids.’

The youngster had celebrated her seventh birthday with mother Laura, father James and her big sister at home in the village just four months ago (pictured together)

Eloise was a pupil at the nearby Collingbourne School where staff described her as ‘one of our little hedgehogs.’ 

They also left a tribute at the scene, which read: ‘Beautiful, kind and gentle Eloise. You will always be one of our little hedgehogs. With all our love, Collingbourne School.’

Headteacher Dan Crossman said: ‘Eloise was a beautiful, kind and gentle little girl. 

‘We are all deeply saddened by her death and, as a school, we stand ready to support each other in what is the hardest of situations.

‘Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time and the whole school community sends them our sincerest sympathy and support.’

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said today: ‘We were called to the A338 Church Street shortly before 6.30pm yesterday following a collision involving a young cyclist and a heavy goods vehicle. 

Eloise’s mother (pictured with her husband) left a heartbreaking tribute at the scene of the crash

‘The girl was taken to Salisbury District Hospital but sadly died a short time later.

‘Her family members are being supported by specially-trained officers.

‘The driver of the HGV remained at the scene and no arrests have been made. 

‘A section of road was closed for around eight-and-a-half hours to allow collision investigation work to take place.

‘We would ask anyone who witnessed the collision, or anyone who may have dash cam footage which could assist our inquiries, to call Wiltshire Police’s Collision Investigation Unit on 101.’ 

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