Teenager dies after collision

Tragic: Rebecca Smith
Tragic: Rebecca Smith
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Police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a 15-year-old girl who was hit by a car in Walton-le-Dale.

Rebecca Smith was crossing the dual carriageway on London Road when she was involved in a collision with a Toyota Avensis at around 9.50pm on Sunday, September 18.

Police and paramedics attended but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for three hours to allow collision investigation to take place.

Rebecca’s mum, Nicola Smith, of Walton-Le-Dale, has paid tribute to her daughter.

She said: “Rebecca was my only daughter; she loved a giggle and a joke. She was a happy girl.

“Her favourite hobby was horse riding and she owned a horse called Ffion. They made a good pair, so much so that she recently came third in the Welsh class.

“This was a great achievement as she rode against some very experienced riders and she was due to receive her trophy in November.

“Rebecca attended Lostock Hall Academy and I am sure her friends there will be as devastated as I am.”

Sergeant Malcolm Bell said: “This is a tragic incident which has resulted in the loss of such a young life.

“An investigation is now underway and I would appeal to anybody who witnessed the collision to contact police.”

Anybody who has any information about the collision is asked to call police on 08451 25 35 45 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

- If you would like to send a tribute to Rebecca, please email charlotte.wareing@lep.co.uk