Blurton schoolgirl Courtney Holdcroft was killed by bus in 'tragic accident'
SCHOOLGIRL Courtney Holdcroft was knocked down and killed by a bus as she ran across a road to reach her friends.
The 12-year-old was leaving an after-school club when she was struck by the First bus outside her Blurton school.
Courtney suffered severe head injuries as she was sucked under the vehicle and died in hospital around an hour later.
Driver Derek Oakes was travelling at 19mph when he hit Courtney outside Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy.
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The 62-year-old had also been involved in a collision with a pedestrian who died at a bus station four years earlier.
Tearful Mr Oakes told yesterday's inquest into Courtney's death: "I am very sorry, there is nothing that can change what happened. I have been traumatised by it all."
The inquest heard Courtney, of Larch Grove, Blurton, was knocked down at around 4.15pm on June 13 last year as she tried to reach her friends.
In a statement, mum Lyndsay Rogers-Coates, of Larch Grove, said: "When we got to the school the air ambulance was just taking Courtney to the hospital.
"We were taken into the relatives' room at the hospital where the nurse told me to go and see Courtney as she was very poorly.
"When I went in there I was told to say my goodbyes."
Schoolfriends told how they shouted at Courtney to 'watch out for the bus' seconds before she was hit by the vehicle.
One of the youngsters said: "She tried to beat the bus but she couldn't and then she got sucked under it."
Passenger Kenneth Harper, aged 64, of Waterside Drive, Newstead, said: "The bus was coming down the road slowly when two lads ran across the road.
"The driver started to brake a bit, then I saw this young girl hit the windscreen and heard a thud.
"It was just something that happened. It was very out of the blue."
North Staffordshire assistant deputy coroner David James recorded a verdict of accidental death.
He said: "This was a tragic accident. Courtney was a perfectly happy, young girl who was sadly confronted with a situation like this.
"The only consolation is that she would not have known about it as she died from multiple injuries including severe head injuries.
"I would like to extend my sympathies to Courtney's family and friends at this difficult time."
Almost 900 people signed a petition following Courtney's death calling for a crossing patrol outside the Beaconsfield Drive school.
They argued the road is busy and has a blind bend near the school's gates.
To pay your respects to Courtney below.