A SECOND schoolgirl has died after a Land Rover crashed into a school tea party.
Nuria Sajjad, 8, died after the horrific crash at Wimbledon, south-west London.
Nuria’s family said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Nuria on Sunday 9th July 2023.
“Nuria was the light of our life. She embodied joy, kindness and generosity and was loved by everyone around her.
“We would like to thank the efforts of the emergency services, all the extraordinary staff at St George’s Hospital, the parents of Nuria’s classmates and the prep staff for all they did to facilitate Nuria’s journey.
“We demand that our privacy be respected at this difficult time.”
The other girl killed with the cash was previously identified as eight-year-old Selena Lau.
Her family said, “Selena was an intelligent and cheeky girl who was adored and loved by everyone.”
“The family would like their privacy to be respected at this sad time.”
An eight-year-old girl and a woman in her 40s remain in hospital in critical condition.
A woman in her 40s was arrested on suspicion of causing her death by dangerous driving – and has since been released on bail.
Young friends of Selena left heartbreaking tributes at the crime scene this afternoon.
A note in children’s handwriting reads: “Dear Selena, I will always think of you. I will miss you so much.”
“I miss you. I’ll never forget you.”
Another floral tribute read: “Dear Selena, you will always be our shining star. We will miss you so much.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Clair Kelland choked back tears as she announced the tragic news.
She said: “We were called just before 10am this morning after a car behind me collided with a Study Preparatory School building on Camp Road.”
“A large number of our officers were on the scene, along with paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance.
“Our officers, together with our colleagues from the other emergency services, provided first aid to several injured people.
“Unfortunately, one of the children, an eight-year-old girl, died at the scene of the accident.
“Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly difficult time.
Ms Kelland added: “The driver of the car, a woman in her 40s, stopped at the scene of the accident.
“She was arrested and held in custody on suspicion of causing her death by dangerous driving.
“We do not consider this incident to be terrorist.”
The children were attending a tea party outside when the vehicle sped across the grass, smashing tables and chairs and eventually crashing into the building.
Broken glass and rubble lay scattered around the playground.
A local said: “It’s awful, the kids were sitting on the grass with their teachers at the end of the school year having a tea party.”
Roommate Julie Atwood added: “My daughter used to go to this school. It’s a girls’ school.”
“Wimbledon is like a small village. It’s unprecedented for something like this to happen at Wimbledon. It’s terrible.”
The nearby golf course was closed yesterday and used as a base for emergency services.
One golfer told The Sun: “It was her last day of school. A couple of parents were there too.”
“They are traumatized. I think there was a gym teacher who actually saw it.”
The Study Preparatory School said: “We are deeply shocked by the tragic accident this morning at Wilberforce House and appalled that one of our young students has died and several others have been injured.”
“Our thoughts are with the bereaved family and the families of the injured at this terrible time.
“It is far too early to fully understand what happened, but we recognize the significant impact this horrifying event will have on our students and their families.”
“Their welfare remains our top priority and we will do whatever we can to support them, particularly those who have sustained injuries.”
“As a police investigation is now ongoing, we will not be making any further public comment for the time being and ask that the privacy of our school community be respected at this deeply troubling time.”