Selena Lau: 8-year-old victim killed in Wimbledon car crash as two remain in critical condition

Police officer fights back tears as she announces the death of an eight-year-old at Wimbledon School

The eight-year-old girl who was killed when a Land Rover drove through a term-end tea party at a Wimbledon primary school is named Selena Lau.

Selena’s family described her as “an intelligent and cheeky girl who is adored and loved by all” in a statement issued by police on Friday.

It comes as another eight-year-old girl and a woman in her 40s are fighting for their lives in hospital after Thursday’s accident at the Study Preparatory School.

Fifteen other people – including a seven-month-old baby – were hospitalized after the incident. Dozens of rescue workers rushed to the scene of the accident and a serious incident was reported.

The driver, a 46-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving homicide, was released on bail.

Locals have left handwritten notes, flowers and toys at the school’s gates as the community banded together to pay tribute to the “shining star”.

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The 8-year-old girl is named by family and says she was “adored by everyone”.

The eight-year-old girl who was killed when a Land Rover crashed through a school fence in Wimbledon on Thursday has been named Selena Lau by the Metropolitan Police.

Ms Lau’s family described her as “an intelligent and cheeky girl who is adored and loved by all”.

Martha McardyJuly 7, 2023 8:35 p.m

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In pictures: flowers and cards next to the school

Flowers and cards with emotional tributes were laid out next to the Study Prep School in Wimbledon.

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The 8-year-old girl who was killed in a Wimbledon school accident is being named in tribute to the ‘intelligent, cheeky’ daughter

Selena Lau died and 15 others, including a seven-month-old baby, were injured when the SUV drove into a year-end tea party in the garden of the Study Preparatory School on Thursday.

Her family described her as “an intelligent and cheeky girl who is adored and loved by everyone”.

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FLASHBACK: Girl, 8, killed in Wimbledon school accident, named in tribute to ‘smart, cheeky’ daughter

Selena Lau died and 15 others, including a seven-month-old baby, were injured when the SUV drove into a year-end tea party in the garden of the Study Preparatory School on Thursday.

Her family described her as “an intelligent and cheeky girl who is adored and loved by everyone”.

Community members called Selena a “shining star” after the crash.

Martha McardyJuly 8, 2023 00:00

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Wimbledon Primary School ‘deeply shocked’ after eight-year-old pupil dies in accident

The Study Preparatory School said in a statement it was “deeply shocked” by what happened after a Land Rover crashed into the school, killing an eight-year-old girl.

A statement on the website continued, “Our thoughts are with the family of the bereaved and with the families of those injured at this terrible time.”

“It is far too early to fully understand what happened, but we recognize the significant impact this horrific event will have on our students and their families.

“Their well-being remains our top priority and we will do whatever we can to support them, particularly those who have sustained injuries.”

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Eight-year-old Selena Lau is a “shining star,” according to the tribute.

Since then, dozens of flower gifts have been placed outside the school gates and students have gathered to pay their respects to their classmate.

A woman wearing a blue noose around her arm attended the crime scene and left flowers in a box and a card.

She paused to look at the flowers and was comforted by a man she was dating.

Eight-year-old Selena Lau

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She left a note that read, “Dear Selena, you will always be our shining star. We will miss you very much.”

The note included a picture of a star and kisses on it.

Another tribute left at the scene read: “To the study and the parents. I am so sorry for this tragic loss to the school and family. Forever in our thoughts.

Martha McardyJuly 7, 2023 10:00 p.m

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Watch: Rescue plane takes off in Wimbledon primary school crash

Rescue plane takes off to crash a primary school in Wimbledon

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Eight-year-old girl and woman, in her 40s, in critical condition after school car accident

An eight-year-old girl and a woman in her 40s are in critical condition in hospital after a car whose driver was released on bail drove into a term-end tea party at an elementary school on Thursday.

A second eight-year-old girl, whose name was not released, died from her injuries after the collision at the Study Preparatory School in Wimbledon, south-west London.

Several other people – including a seven-month-old girl – were also taken to hospital and their condition was assessed as non-life-threatening, the Metropolitan Police said.

Martha McardyJuly 7, 2023 8:00 p.m

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Baby injured in deadly school accident at Wimbledon, two victims fight for their lives

A seven-month-old baby was among those injured in a horrific Wimbledon crash that killed a teenage girl after a Land Rover collided with a primary school.

Martha McardyJuly 7, 2023 7:00 p.m

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Watch: Flowers left outside Wimbledon Primary School where a young girl died in a car accident

Flowers were left outside Wimbledon Primary School where a young girl died in a car accident

Martha McardyJuly 7, 2023 6:00 p.m

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