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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Floral tributes in New Malden for accident victim Lavna Chuttoo

Floral tributes have been left on posts in Lime Grove for 13 year old Lavna Chuttoo, who was killed on her way to school yesterday.

The year 10 student at Coombe Girls' was making her way to the school in nearby Clarence Avenue, when she collided with an HGV just before 8.30am.

Her father says she slipped into the road in front of friends, on one of the first days she had decided to walk to school after being driven every day by her father.

The school has decided to move the flowers and create a peace garden on site, but for the moment they are placed on a bench that has been donated by a resident at the place where Lavna died.

Lavna's family is visiting the school this afternoon.

The news comes as more than 13,000 people have signed a petition to ban lorries from London's roads during rush hour.

The Headteacher of Coombe, Deborah Walls, has issued this statement.

We have been truly overwhelmed by the incredible support from pupils, parents, staff, the local community and neighbours at this very difficult time. As a community we are devastated but are supporting each other and grieving together. We remember Lavna with such fondness for her energy, infectious smile, true courtesy and real consideration for others – she will be so sorely missed but will always be in our hearts.

Kingston's Borough Commander Glenn Tunstall has also issued a statement.

I am writing to you today regarding the tragic incident that occurred yesterday on New Malden High Street, where a young girl tragically lost her life.

At this time our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of Lavna, whose young life was cut far too short.

I cannot comprehend the emotions that the family must have been through yesterday and will continue to go through for the months and years to come.

Our thoughts are also with Lavna’s fellow pupils and the teaching staff at Coombe Girls' School.

I am pleased to say that my schools team was at the school yesterday providing support to the staff and the pupils and we will continue to do so as long as it is required.

I would also like to thank my police officers/staff, our emergency service colleagues and the members of the public who all acted with professionalism and dedication despite the shocking incident that unravelled before them.

There is no training that can prepare you for the incident that they responded to yesterday, but you will be pleased to know that we have put welfare support measures in place to support them.

Our police station is usually a very happy place, with lots of energy and motivation, but yesterday, as the news broke, it was a very different place as our thoughts were with Lavna's family and they will continue to be for some time.

Glenn Tunstall
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:04 pm  

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