The father of the death victim, Abbie McLaren, was in the car that knocked over and killed his daughter.

John McLaren was a passenger in the vehicle when he hit the 12-year-old girl on a road near her home in Motherwell on Tuesday.

Last night, an eyewitness to the aftermath of horror told how tragic Abbie was thrown on her car parked in front of her house.

He said, "I was watching TV when I heard a loud bang and jumped. I saw two men at the front of the car who were following the road.

"The guy on the passenger seat came out as soon as the car stopped and rushed to where the girl was.

"He remained frozen, he could not move or say anything.

"The driver ran to the point where everything happened and continued shouting:" Does anyone know CPR? "

"But CPR would not have saved her, it was horrible."

Abbie McLaren, a student at Dalziel High School, was transported to Glasgow's Royal Children's Hospital but could not be saved

Abbie, of Motherwell, was hit at The Loaning at Motherwell around 4:30 pm Tuesday, shortly after getting off a bus.

The high school student Dalziel was transported to the Royal Children's Hospital of Glasgow but could not be saved.

Residents watched in desperation as emergency services were blocked late in the evening by emergency services to conduct their investigations.

The resident we spoke to – who asked not to be named – explained that he had not slept since the incident
outside his house.

He said that he had to move his car to allow paramedics to look after the schoolgirl. He added: "The entire rear bumper was broken and the back of the car was damaged.

"I have been asked to take a step forward so that paramedics can reach the girl properly. It was horrible to see. I hate to think about it.

"But the car does not matter to me. A young man has died here and their family will be in a deplorable state. "

Police block the road while she investigates the tragic accident at Motherwell

The Record obtained video surveillance footage from a nearby company showing the unfolding tragedy.

We chose not to publish disturbing images.

Abbie's devastated cousin Amber White, 18, held back her tears as she told her family's grief yesterday.

Amber, a photography student, said of Abbie: "She loved to laugh and laugh with everyone. Abbie was really smart, but most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends.

"She was a very caring and kind person. Everyone is in total shock in which he has not sunk. "

The aunt of the victim, Linda Newton, 35, rushed to the hospital to support the devastated mother of Abbie, 29-year-old Ashley Kennedy.

Abbie McLaren's cousin, Amber White, and aunt Linda Newton are devastated by the tragedy.

Linda said, "When we arrived at the hospital, Ashley was just in full hysteria. She was totally inconsolable. It was horrible. Abbie was just great.

Abbie leaves behind four brothers and sisters and 15 cousins, as well as Ashley and Daddy John.

Amber has created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the Abbie family. In just a few hours, the page had yielded more than £ 2100. "It's amazing to think that people can be so nice," added Amber.

Robert Birch, Rector of Dalziel High School, said: "This is a terrible tragedy and I know that I speak on behalf of all of Dalziel's pupils, staff and friends when I say that Abbie's death was a devastating loss for the entire school community. .

"She was a very popular, happy and talented girl who will be sorely missed by everyone at school and her family is in all our thoughts.

After the tragic accident, the faithful left flowers at The Loaning, Motherwell

"She had a lot of friends here and came to school with a bright smile, bringing joy to many.

"The staff and students will be fully supported as they learn to handle this extremely sad news."

Abbie's former elementary school, Glencairn in Motherwell, will launch balloons in her memory tomorrow.

The Loaning is a main road through a residential area with a sports center, a village hall and a nearby primary school.

Often used as a means of rapid transportation between Hamilton and Bellshill, locals claim that the road is "deadly".

A business owner told The Record: "This little girl had just got off the bus and was probably spending her pocket money with friends during the school holidays and she was killed."

Another neighbor said, "I have a 10 year old granddaughter who was staying with me. This little girl is only 12 years old, it could have been any of the children who live here.

"I do not know if we need speed bumps, traffic lights, or radar, but we have to keep fighting for changes to The Loaning before we lose another life, and that will happen again."

Local MP Marion Fellows confirmed last night that concerns have been expressed about the road to Motherwell.

MP Marion Fellows last night confirmed that concerns have been voiced about the road. She tweeted, "My most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Abbie, who unfortunately lost his life. My thanks to the emergency services who attended and did their best to treat it.

"The community is rightly heartbroken by what happened.

"I had previously written to the North Lanarkshire Council to share the community's fear of speed and traffic on The Loaning. Signs had already been added on the road, but it is clear that much remains to be done. "

A spokeswoman for the police said yesterday: "Emergency services attended the accident and the girl was transported to the Royal Glasgow Children's Hospital, where she died .

"A 38-year-old man has been arrested and will appear Thursday at Hamilton Sheriff Court."

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