First picture of ‘beautiful and kind’ schoolgirl, 14, killed in suspected hit-and-run

This is the first picture of a 14-year-old girl who was fatally injured in a suspected hit-and-run on her way to school.

Mia Strothers was hit by a BMW in Moston, Manchester, and rushed to hospital with critical injuries on Monday morning.

The North Manchester Academy student died in the early hours of Wednesday morning, leaving her heartbroken family “inconsolable” and “struggling to come to terms” with how she “has become an angel at such a young age”.

A man charged over Mia’s death was due to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Heartbroken friends have paid tribute to Mia, who was described as “beautiful” and “kind”, the Manchester Evening News reports.

A GoFundMe page set up to support Mia’s family states: “This is Mia Strothers, she is a beautiful, kind and very much loved 14 year old who had her whole life in front of her.

“Mia was simply going to school that day like any other, as you can imagine her family are inconsolable and struggling to come to terms with how their precious girl has become an angel at such a young age.

“Although at present all they want is to grieve in peace we want to ensure the family are supported financially to prepare to give Mia the best send off that a princess deserves.

“I am therefore trying to raise funds to support the family at this extremely difficult time.

“I know it’s a hard time for everyone money wise however this could happen to any of us therefore I am asking for you to please donate no matter how big or small to support this beautiful family.”

The page had raised more than £6,500 within two hours.

Devastated friends have paid tribute to Mia on social media.

A woman wrote on Facebook: “Absolutely heartbroken, this is dreadful news. RIP Mia. Poor little darling, thoughts are with all family and friends.

Another person wrote: “This is so sad to read, she had her whole life ahead of her. RIP Mia. Sending condolences to her family and friends.”

Mia was crossing the road when she was hit by the car, and the driver allegedly failed to stop, said Greater Manchester Police.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene at about 8.14am on Monday.

Kevin Pryce, 45, of Oldham has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing death whilst uninsured, failing to stop/failing to report a road traffic collision and driving otherwise in accordance with a licence.

He was due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.