Pictured: A 15-year-old schoolgirl who died after being hit by a bus in Birmingham
- Sophie Jain Fletcher was struck by a bus in Sheldon just before 3pm on Saturday.
- West Midlands Police say the driver of the vehicle is helping with their investigations.
The heartbroken parents of a 15-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a bus in Birmingham have paid tribute to their ‘precious daughter’.
Sophie Jain Fletcher was struck by a car on Sheaf Lane in Sheldon just before 3pm on Saturday March 18.
Emergency services responded to the scene and Sophie was rushed to hospital, where she was confirmed dead a short time later.
West Midlands Police said the National Express bus driver involved in the incident was helping with their investigations.
In a tribute, Sophie’s family said: “It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that our precious daughter Sophie Jain Fletcher was taken from us on Saturday 18th March 2023.”
Sophie Jain Fletcher, pictured here with her mother Emma, tragically died after being struck by a bus on Saturday.
The 15-year-old, pictured, was involved in a collision with a National Express bus in Sheldon, Birmingham.
“She was a beautiful young woman with an incredible personality and a presence to match.
‘She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends, whether in or out of school.
‘Mommy will always hold your hand and you will always be daddy’s little princess.
‘Fly high our beautiful Sophie Soph. We will love you, forever and ever, mom and dad xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.”
Sophie was a student at Euphoria Dance and teacher Catriona O’Brien paid tribute to the young woman.
She wrote: ‘Sophie was a joy to teach, always so happy and eager to please, always going out of her way and just the most loving little person.
‘RIP beautiful girl, we will never forget you.’
TO just giving The page set up to help the family with funeral expenses has already raised nearly £6,500.
In a statement issued on Sunday, West Midlands Police called for anyone with dashcam footage of the incident to get in touch.
The 15-year-old was struck by a vehicle on Sheaf Lane (pictured) shortly before 3pm on Saturday March 18.
Floral tributes have been left for Sophie at the scene of the accident, with her family calling her a “beautiful girl”.
West Midlands Police say the National Express bus driver involved is helping with their investigations
PC Gail Arnold, of WMP’s serious crash investigation unit, said: “A young girl has tragically died and we will do everything we can to support her family during this deeply distressing time.”
We are working to establish the circumstances behind the collision and are eager to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time, and especially anyone with dash cam footage.
National Express West Midland confirmed that one of its vehicles and drivers was involved in the accident.
A spokesperson said on Sunday: “A National Express West Midlands bus was involved in an incident on Sheaf Lane in Sheldon on Saturday 18 March.
‘Our thoughts remain with those involved and their loved ones.
“Emergency services attended the scene and we will continue to provide police with full assistance as they continue their investigation into what happened.”
Anyone with information that may help police should email SCIU@westmidlands.police.uk or use the live chat on the force’s website and cite record 2467 from March 18.