A ‘heartbroken’ family have told of their ‘shock’ after a 14-year-old schoolgirl died after being hit by a car on Saturday night.
Courtney Ellis was hit by a car in St Helens, Merseyside, at around 9.50pm on Saturday and died shortly after being rushed to hospital.
The schoolgirl’s aunt Joanne Schofield, 50, has told of their ‘heartbreak’ in an emotional statement shared on behalf of the entire family, the Sun reported.
Courtney Ellis, 14, (pictured) died after being hit by a car on Blackbrook Road in St Helens, Merseyside, at around 9.50pm on Saturday
The schoolgirl’s aunt Joanne Schofield, 50, has shared an emotional statement on behalf of the ‘heartbroken’ family
It read: ‘All Courtney’s family are seriously heartbroken. It’s a shock. It was sudden and you don’t expect it for a girl just starting out in her life to be killed.
‘Her sister is devastated and her mum and dad are devastated. All the rest of the family are in shock. She will be severely missed. The family are getting lots of support from friends, neighbours and the police.’
Ms Schofield said that her school uniform was hung up ‘ready for the morning’, adding that Courtney’s family was going through an ‘awful time’.
She said: ‘It was only a few days ago that one of her teachers rang up and said how well she was doing. Her school uniform was hung up last night ready for the morning and it’s devastating. It’s absolutely tragic.’
Courtney’s upset school friends and their parents have been in touch with the family following the devastating news.
Merseyside Police said two men, aged 18 and 19, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. They are being questioned and remain in custody
Courtney’s aunt Joanne Schofield said that the schoolgirl’s upset friends and parents have been in contact with the family, adding that they are still ‘in shock’
Merseyside Police previously said two men, aged 18 and 19, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the crash on Blackbrook Road.
A force spokesman said: ‘Emergency services attended and the pedestrian, a 14-year-old girl, was taken to hospital where she sadly died.
‘Her family have been informed and are being supported at this time.’
The two men are being questioned by police and remain in custody.
Officers urged anyone who witnessed the incident or had any information, CCTV or dashcam footage to contact police on 101 quoting ref 20000569277, call the Roads Policing Unit on 0151 777 5747 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.