Mum relives horror of night her daughter died on the way to the chippy with her friend
A SCREAMING mum begged medics to bring her daughter back to life after the 10-year-old was killed walking to a chip shop.
Lily Rose Morris was getting her tea with a friend when she was mown down by a Land Rover Discovery in Oldham just a week before Christmas.
A 42-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving under the influence.
Now Lily’s mum Mel has paid a devastating tribute to her “one in a million” daughter – and says the family are desperate for answers.
“I’d made Lily her favourite dippy eggs and soldiers and she’d had her friend come round for the day,” she told the Manchester Evening News.
“I told them both to walk to the chippy and get themselves some food.
“It is so close to the house, I could’ve kept an eye on her and watched her from the upstairs window.”
But moments later, Mel’s phone rang.
TRAGEDY AT CHRISTMAS
“It was just after 5pm that I got a call from Lily’s friend’s mum in a panic. She couldn’t even speak or manage to get her words out,” she said.
“I kept asking where Lily was and what had happened. A police officer came on the phone telling me to come down to Coleridge Road as soon as I could.”
Mel drove to the scene – and was held back by police as she arrived.
“I was shouting and screaming ‘what the f*** has happened to my daughter?’,” she said.
“I just wanted to see her, but they wouldn’t let me. It was chaos. I just wanted to run to her.”
She was forced to watch helplessly as Lily was put on a stretcher and lifted into an ambulance.
“I saw a star shining over her in the sky and I prayed she was okay,” she said.
Tragically, medics were unable to save the little one.
Mel said: “I was begging the doctors to try CPR on her one more time, which he did, but nothing happened.
“She had already gone.”
The mum – who also has a two-year-old son, Toby – said Lily was a “funny character with crazy hair” who was “loved by absolutely everyone”.
“If I didn’t have the people around me that I do and my son, who is my world, I wouldn’t be here,” she said.
I begged the doctors to try CPR one more time, but nothing happened. She was already gone
“I just want answers.”
Chief Superintendent Mark Dexter, of GMP’s Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with the family of Lily Rose Morris, who sadly died following a collision on Coleridge Road in Oldham on December 18.
“They are understandably devastated after losing their little girl and the pain they are going through is simply unimaginable.
“Officers from our Serious Collision Investigation Unit immediately launched an investigation following the collision and arrested a man at the scene and a number of lines of enquiry have been – and continue to be – carried out.
“We are doing everything we can to provide Lily’s family with the answers they need and they have a dedicated family liaison officer who is there for support whilst the investigation takes place.
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“Forensic tests have been sent off for specialised analysis and the investigation is very much ongoing.
“We as police officers remain committed to finding those responsible of crimes in order to bring them to justice and will exhaust every line of enquiry possible to ensure this is done.”
Anyone with information, including dashcam or CCTV footage, is asked to call GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident 2185 of December 18.
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