Heartbroken father was passenger in car that knocked down and killed his own daughter, 12

Abbie McLaren, from Motherwell, was knocked down at around 4.30pm on Tuesday shortly after getting a bus. She is seen in an undated family photo 

Abbie McLaren, from Motherwell, was knocked down at around 4.30pm on Tuesday shortly after getting a bus. She is seen in an undated family photo 

Abbie McLaren, from Motherwell, was knocked down at around 4.30pm on Tuesday shortly after getting a bus. She is seen in an undated family photo 

A father was a passenger in a car that hit and killed his 12-year-old daughter on a road near their family home.

Abbie McLaren, from Motherwell, was knocked down on The Loaning in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, at around 4.15pm on Tuesday shortly after getting off a bus.

Her father, John, got out of the car straight after the crash and ran over to the victim to try and help, before realising in horror who it was.

‘He just stood there completely frozen, he couldn’t move or say a thing,’ a witness told the Daily Record.

The witness said Mr McLaren was in the car with a male driver, who tried to get medical help.

‘The driver ran back up to where it all happened and just kept shouting, ‘Does anyone know CPR?” he said.

Abbie, a pupil at Dalziel High School, was treated by paramedics at the scene and then taken to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, where she died.

Police said a 38-year-old man has been arrested and is due to appear at Hamilton Sheriff Court today. 

Cousin Amber White, 18, said: ‘She loved having a laugh and being goofy with everyone. Abbie was really clever but most of all, she just loved spending time with family and friends.’

Tributes to Abbie were left at the crash site, including a shirt signed by her friends and bouquets of flowers. 

Members of the community have launched a petition calling on North Lanarkshire Council to introduce traffic control measures on the road.

It states: ‘I can’t imagine the pain and suffering the family are going through at this tough time and I think we all would not want it to happen to anyone again.

‘So even the simplest pedestrian crossing, priority system or even speed camera just to let children cross safely or at least slow traffic down could make it a lot safer for our children, grandchildren and even elderly.’

More than 8,700 people have signed the petition so far.

Motherwell & Wishaw MP Marion Fellows has also raised concerns about the situation and said she has written to North Lanarkshire Council to highlight the petition.

Police closed the road near Abbie's home in Motherwell where she was hit on Tuesday 

Police closed the road near Abbie's home in Motherwell where she was hit on Tuesday 

Police closed the road near Abbie’s home in Motherwell where she was hit on Tuesday 

She tweeted: ‘My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Abbie who has sadly lost her life. My thanks go to the emergency services who attended and did their utmost to treat her.

‘The community is rightly heartbroken over what has happened.

‘I have since written to North Lanarkshire Council to raise the community’s petition with them and to join their calls in demanding action to improve safety on The Loaning and surrounding streets.

‘I have particular concerns over speeding cars and safe crossings.’

One of Abbie’s cousins has set up a GoFundMe page in her memory, which has raised nearly £3,000.

The victim was a pupil at Dalziel High School in Motherwell.

The school’s rector Robert Birch said: ‘This is a terrible tragedy and I know I’m speaking on behalf of all pupils, staff and friends at Dalziel when I say that Abbie’s death has been a devastating loss to the entire school community.

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

‘She had many friends here and came to school with a bright smile on her face, bringing joy to many.

‘Staff and pupils will be fully supported as they come to terms with this extremely sad news.’

North Lanarkshire Council said it will work with police during the investigation.

Tributes to Abbie were left at the crash site, including a shirt signed by her friends

Tributes to Abbie were left at the crash site, including a shirt signed by her friends

A woman laying flowers at the crash site

A woman laying flowers at the crash site

Tributes to Abbie were left at the crash site yesterday, including a shirt signed by her friends (left) and bouquets of flowers

A spokesman said: ‘Following a tragedy such as this, it is understandable that people will raise concerns about road safety.

‘The council’s immediate focus is on supporting pupils, staff and the wider community who are deeply affected by this appalling tragedy and the condolences from everyone at the council are with Abbie’s family and friends.

‘We will work with Police Scotland throughout their investigation into the circumstances and will take appropriate action based on their findings.

‘Against that backdrop and in light of ongoing criminal proceedings, it is entirely inappropriate to speculate on the causes and circumstances of Abbie’s death.’

Police Scotland said: ‘Emergency services attended the accident and the girl was rushed to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, where she later died.

‘A 38-year-old man has been arrested and will appear in Hamilton Sheriff Court on Thursday.’ 

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