Mum begs ‘God take me instead’ as daughter, 7, killed by lorry on bike near home

Schoolgirl Eloise Jackson died in the tragedy in Wiltshire on Tuesday evening (Image: Vagner Vidal/Hyde News & Pictures Ltd)

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The family of a girl, seven, hit and killed by a lorry while she rode her bicycle have described their heartbreak.

Eloise Jackson was struck outside her family home in the Wiltshire village of Collingbourne Ducis at 6.30pm Tuesday.

Her mother has since left an emotional tribute to her daughter at the scene, begging in a note: "God take me instead."

In pictures of Eloise, she can be seen beaming happily as she wears a badge proudly celebrating her seventh birthday.

She celebrated her latest birthday with her parents and older sister in their Old School House home in the village just four months ago.

A village is in mourning after the death of the seven-year-old
(Image: Vagner Vidal/Hyde News & Pictures Ltd)

At tea-time on Tuesday evening Eloise had gone out on her bike for a short ride when she was run over just a few hundred yards from her home.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene and she was taken to hospital in Salisbury, where she died soon after arrival.

Officers said they had been called to reports of a collision between a young cyclist and an HGV on Tuesday evening.

The driver stopped at the scene and has not been arrested, Wiltshire Police said in their last statement yesterday.

Eloise with her mother who penned a heartbreaking tribute after the tragedy
(Image: Vagner Vidal/Hyde News & Pictures Ltd)

Eloise's mum later returned to the scene of the collision with her own heartbroken tribute to her daughter.

She said: "To my darling daughter. I will miss you forever. The pain I am feeling now cannot be expressed. My wonderful, bubbly, Fizzy – RIP Darling. xx"

The note went on: "God take me instead, not my child. Not my beautiful, brave, courageous, hilarious, wonderful daughter whom I was blessed to call my own. I will love you until the day we will be together again. Mummy. xxx"

Eloise was killed while cycling outside her home in Collingbourne Ducis
(Image: Vagner Vidal/Hyde News & Pictures Ltd)

Eloise was a pupil at the nearby Collingbourne School where staff described her as "one of our little hedgehogs." They left a tribute to her at the scene of the collision, accompanied by a teddy bear.

The tribute read: "Beautiful, kind and gentle Eloise. You will always be one of our little hedgehogs. With all our love, Collingbourne School."

The seven-year-old's parents have currently left their home, with a neighbour saying: "They could not bear to be in the house."

The seven-year-old's school community are in mourning after her tragic death
(Image: Vagner Vidal/Hyde News & Pictures Ltd)

The scene of the crash was in a large dip in the A338, before it runs up to the church at the heart of Collingbourne Ducis. There is a quiet side street leading away from the crash site.

Local resident David Cross said: "I was with my neighbour when I heard a bang. I went out onto the road and saw the police cars. Everyone was on the road.

"I could see someone on the road trying to resuscitate her, it was just really heart-breaking."

The 85-year-old great-grandfather added: "She was just a little child, bless her. As a grandfather and great-grandfather, it just makes you worry about your own kids."

Neighbours confirmed that Eloise had an older sister and was part of a close-knit family.

Collingbourne Primary School headteacher Dan Crossman said: "Eloise was a beautiful, kind and gentle little girl. We are all deeply saddened by her death and, as a school, we stand ready to support each other in what is the hardest of situations.

"Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time and the whole school community sends them our sincerest sympathy and support."

Police are still appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The force said: "The girl was taken to Salisbury District Hospital but sadly died a short time later.

"Her family are being supported by specially-trained officers and our thoughts are with them at this incredibly difficult time.

"The driver of the HGV remained at the scene and no arrests have been made.

"A section of road was closed for around eight-and-a-half hours to allow collision investigation work to take place."

Anyone who saw the collision has been urged to contact police.

Investigators said: "We would ask anyone who witnessed the collision, or anyone who may have dash cam footage which could assist our enquiries, to call Wiltshire Police’s Collision Investigation Unit on 101, quoting log 225 (13/07)."

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