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Farewell to girl in crash; ROADS: Tributes pile up as student loses fight for life.

Byline: By Poppy Brady and Mark Cowan

TOUCHING tributes and flowers have been left at a Birmingham roadside by friends grieving over a teenage student.

The 18-year-old lost her fight for life a week after the collision with a St John Ambulance outside Cadbury Sixth Form College, in Redditch Road, Kings Norton.

The teenager, believed to be an A level student at the college, died in hospital yesterday.

The girl's identity has not yet been released, but bouquets of flowers and notes at the roadside paid tribute to "Jess".

One said: "Jess - you will never be forgotten. Love forever, Lucy, Rhia, Dan, Simon, Phil, Kota, Matt, Tim, Panny and Lewis."

Another said: "For Jess - I will miss you. Thank you for being there - Katie."

The girl was a first year student at Cadbury Sixth Form College.

Principal David Igoe said: "It is a tragedy and our thoughts are with the family at this particular time." The accident happened at 3pm last Monday and witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact the road policing unit at Billesley on 0845 113 5000.

Police today appealed for help in relation to a road accident in which a pensioner was left fighting for life by a hit-and-run driver in Ladywood.

The 80-year-old victim was crossing Ladywood Middleway shortly after 10pm on Friday when she was knocked down and left for dead.

Relatives gathered at her bedside at City Hospital, where she remained critically ill today.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "We would appeal to the better nature of the driver involved to come forward and speak to officers.

"We would also appeal to anyone in the area at the time who may have seen something to contact the road policing unit at Rose Road on 0845 113 5000."

The woman was heading home from Ladywood Social Club, where she had been playing bingo, when she was struck by the car. Staff comforted her until the ambulance arrived.

The bar steward, Mick Smith, said: "She was a regular for Friday night bingo and the Sunday dance evening, which she attended with her partner."

Did you know the tragic student?

Ring the Birmingham Mail news desk on 0121 234 5411.


ACCIDENT SCENE... West Midlands Police appeal for witnesses in Redditch Road. Pictures: Alan Williams; POIGNANT... a message left in Redditch Road for tragic 'Jess'.
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Date:Feb 5, 2008
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