Schoolgirl, 10, dies after being hit by ambulance responding to 999 call

Shaniqua Loftman-Smith died after she was hit by an ambulance as it was responding to an emergency call (Picture: PA)
Shaniqua Loftman-Smith died after she was hit by an ambulance as it was responding to an emergency call (Picture: PA)

A 10-year-old schoolgirl who died after being hit by an ambulance responding to a 999 call has been named.

Shaniqua Loftman-Smith was rushed to hospital after the incident in Bulwell, Nottingham, on Sunday December 22 but on Tuesday police confirmed she had died.

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Nottinghamshire Police is investigating following the collision, which happened in Low Wood Road, between Hempshill Lane and Seller’s Wood Drive, Bulwell, as the ambulance responded to an emergency.

The force confirmed that Shaniqua was a pedestrian when the incident happened at 6.30pm.

The 10-year-old schoolgirl has not been named (SWNS)
The 10-year-old schoolgirl has not been named (SWNS)
Police are investigating the crash, which happened at 6.30pm on December 22 (SWNS)
Police are investigating the crash, which happened at 6.30pm on December 22 (SWNS)

Police said the schoolgirl’s family had shared a photograph of the 10-year-old but had asked that their privacy be respected.

A spokesman said: “Nottinghamshire Police would like to offer their condolences to Shaniqua’s family, who are being supported by our specially trained officers.”

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“Officers from Nottinghamshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are continuing enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Earlier the force said: “The ambulance was responding to an emergency call at the time of the collision in Low Wood Road, between Hempshill Lane and Seller’s Wood Drive, Bulwell, at 6.30pm on Sunday 22 December. “The girl was a pedestrian.”

The girl was rushed to hospital after the incident but later died of her injuries, police said (SWNS)
The girl was rushed to hospital after the incident but later died of her injuries, police said (SWNS)

East Midlands Ambulance Service has said it is co-operating with a police investigation into the incident.

Chief executive Richard Henderson said: “I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the patient’s family at this very difficult time, and my thoughts are with everyone affected by this incident.

“We continue to fully co-operate with the police in their investigation into what happened, and therefore it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment at this time.”

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