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Mother in tribute to crash girl, 12

The mother of a 12-year-old schoolgirl who died after she was hit by a van on a zebra crossing has described her as a "beautiful angel princess".

Annalise Holt was taken to hospital after the collision with a blue Mercedes Vito on Milnrow Road in Shaw, Greater Manchester, shortly before 4.30pm yesterday.

An 11-year-old girl was also severely injured in the accident and remains in a serious but stable condition.

Lesley, Annalise's mother, said in a statement: "Annalise was my beautiful angel princess. She was full of joy and energy, loud and outgoing.

"She was a kind 12-year-old girl, always willing to help others, old and young.

"She is the light of my life, my whole world. I love her more than words can say. She was everything to me. She was too young to be taken away. She was going to have a great life but it's not to be.

"I just want her back and everyone to remember her for the loud, helpful, kind, caring child she was."

Councillors in Oldham are expected to discuss safety at the site of the accident after local people signed a petition demanding traffic lights at what was described as a "notorious" blackspot.

Annalise's classmates at Royton and Crompton secondary were told the the tragic news this morning.

Headteacher Dr Kevin O'Hagan said: "Everyone at Royton and Crompton School was saddened to hear of the untimely and unfortunate death of one of our pupils in a road accident in Shaw.

"Annalise was a very intelligent student who was making excellent progress in line with achieving the highest grades.

"She was a model student who set an example for others in all aspects of school life.

"She will be sadly missed by all staff and pupils at the school. Our thoughts and condolences are with Annalise's family and friends at this time."

Police have issued a fresh appeal for witnesses of the crash to come forward.

Sergeant Paul Higgins said: "A young girl has tragically been killed and we are working hard to find out the circumstances of the collision.

"Our thoughts are with her family and we are supporting them at this difficult time.

"We would ask anyone who saw the collision to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

"In particular, a car that was behind the blue Mercedes Vito van left the scene before police arrived.

"We are very keen to speak to the driver and any passengers in that vehicle as they may have information that could help us with our investigation."

Witnesses or anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4742.

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