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Also "PERMITTING cyclists, riding cautiously, to proceed past a stationary tram;" "allowing teenagers to ride on footpaths"(Herald Sun)PDowe
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Walking Pedestrian Death Fatality Teenage Girl Killed on Footpath by Runaway Truck Church St Richmond The Age
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A 14-year-old girl was killed in Richmond on Thursday afternoon when a truck ran onto the footpath and hit her.
Jessalyn Leong, a student at Melbourne Girls' College, was walking home from school along Church Street, near the corner of Bridge Road, when she was killed just after 3pm.
Victoria Police said a white Mitsubishi tray truck was travelling north along Church Street, when the driver lost control and clipped the rear of a four-wheel drive before mounting the footpath and striking a bench seat and a rubbish bin.
The truck hit Jessalyn and pinned her beneath the vehicle. She died at the scene.
The intersection of Bridge Road and Church Street was blocked to vehicle and tram traffic for several hours while the major collision unit investigated.
Police interviewed the occupants of both the white truck and the four-wheel drive.
Jessalyn was part of Melbourne's small East Timorese community.
Her parents first came to Australia as refugees.
A family friend, also from Richmond's East Timorese community, who asked not to be identified, said that Jessalyn was a nice young girl from a good family.
''They are wonderful people, well-known in the Timorese community,'' she said.