The mother of a seven-year-old crushed by a nine-tonne lorry was left screaming “it’s my fault” after she lost hold of her daughter’s hand just moments before the little girl was hit.1girlSophia McDonald had been walking across the road with her mum Yvonne when the little girl ran out across Henley Road in Bell Green, Coventry, on Tuesday afternoon and was fatally hit by the lorry.

A local taxi driver, who did not want to be named, said: “I picked a woman up last night and she saw what happened. She said the mother had hold of her daughter’s hand and the little girl ran out and fell over. The mum lost her grip on the girl’s hand and that’s when the girl was hit. She was screaming in the street ‘it’s my fault, it’s my fault’.”

A local doctor from a nearby GP rushed out to help but the seven-year-old died at the scene, just yards from her home. Witnesses said the driver of the lorry, in his 50s, was also left standing on the road after the incident, with the man suffering from shock.

Her family has paid tribute to the little girl in a statement, saying: “She was a beautiful angel, the happiest child with a beautiful cheeky smile. She was a very loving, kind-hearted, happy-go-lucky little girl who loved her family. We are devastated at her loss.”