2nd Girl Dies After SUV Crashes Into End-of-School Party

A second 8-year-old child died days after the crash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 7, 2023 4:11 AM CDT
Updated Jul 10, 2023 1:20 AM CDT
SUV Crashes Into End-of-School Party
Police officers set up a cordon line after a car crashed into a primary school building in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, July 6, 2023.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
UPDATE Jul 10, 2023 1:20 AM CDT

The crash of an SUV into a London elementary school's end-of-year party has claimed another life. Nuria Sajjad, 8, died Sunday, according to a statement from her family. "Nuria was the light of our lives. She embodied joy, kindness and generosity and she was loved by all around her," the statement reads. Another 8-year-old, Selena Lau, had been pronounced dead at the scene. Her family released a statement mourning the "intelligent and cheeky girl" who had been "adored and loved by everyone," the Guardian reports. The investigation into the cause of the crash remains ongoing.

Jul 7, 2023 4:11 AM CDT

An 8-year-old girl was killed and 15 people were injured Thursday when an SUV crashed into a private elementary school on a narrow road in southwest London as the children were celebrating the end of the school year. The crash wasn't believed to be terrorism, and the driver was taken into custody, the AP reports. The girl died at the scene, Detective Chief Superintendent Clair Kelland said at a briefing near the crash site in London's Wimbledon district, about a mile away from the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which is currently hosting the world-famous Wimbledon tennis tournament.

"Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly difficult time," said a visibly shaken Kelland, who is the Metropolitan Police force's local commander for southwest London. "The driver of a car, a woman in her 40s, stopped at the scene and has since been arrested for causing death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody." She confirmed that the crash wasn't being treated as terror-related, but urged people not to speculate as to what happened.

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Dr. John Martin, chief paramedic for the London Ambulance Service, said that 16 people were treated at the scene for injuries, including the girl who died. He said 10 of the injured were later taken to a hospital. It was not immediately clear how many of the injured were children, though police indicated in an early update that at least seven children had been hurt. Police were called to the Study Preparatory School, a private all-girls school, at 9:54am, along with paramedics from ground and air ambulances. Stephen Hammond, Wimbledon's representative in Parliament, said the children were having a party when the incident happened. "I think it was a usual end-of-year celebration party. Just in the garden," he said.

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