Wimbledon school crash: ‘Adored and loved’ victim named as Selena Lau

A second eight-year-old girl and woman in her 40s are also in a critical condition in hospital after the tragic crash.
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An eight-year-old girl who died after a Land Rover crashed into a primary school in southwest London has been named.

Paramedics treated 16 people for injuries after the gold-coloured Land Rover crashed into The Study Preparatory School in Camp Road at 9.54am on Thursday morning.

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The Metropolitan Police have named the victim as Selena Lau.

A family statement said: "Selena was an intelligent and cheeky girl adored and loved by everyone. The family wishes their privacy to be respected at this sad time".

Floral tributes and toys have been laid outside the all girls prep school, where the tragic incident occurred.

Selena Lau has been named as the eight-year-old victim in the Wimbledon school crashSelena Lau has been named as the eight-year-old victim in the Wimbledon school crash
Selena Lau has been named as the eight-year-old victim in the Wimbledon school crash

A tribute at the scene on Friday said: "Dear Selena, you will always be our shining star. We will miss you so much."

The note included a picture of a star and had kisses on it.

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A baby - aged just seven months - was also injured in the collision.

A woman, 46, has been released on bail after she was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving at the scene. The driver stopped after the crash, police said.

The investigation remains in its early stages and officers are keeping an open mind whilst following up all lines of enquiry.

Floral tributes have been left outside the Study Preparatory School in WimbledonFloral tributes have been left outside the Study Preparatory School in Wimbledon
Floral tributes have been left outside the Study Preparatory School in Wimbledon
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Det Ch Sup Clair Kelland, local policing commander for south-west London, said: "It is difficult to imagine the pain and upset the families of those involved are going through and we will do all we can to support them as our investigation continues.

"I know the impact of this tragic incident is also being felt in the wider community and we are working with our partners to ensure the appropriate support is in place.

"This was the largest local policing deployment in south-west London since 2017 and our officers, along with members of the other emergency services, were met with a challenging and traumatic scene.

"I would like to praise them for doing all they could to help those injured. I have no doubt this incident would have also had a significant impact on them, and we will ensure their welfare is looked after.

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"I understand many people will want answers about how this happened and there is a team of detectives working to establish the circumstances. I would ask the community to avoid speculating on a possible cause whilst these enquiries are carried out."

Officers have collected CCTV from nearby buildings and spoken with a number of witnesses. The car was removed from the scene last night and has been taken away for further examination.

Any witnesses, who have not yet spoken to police, are asked to call 101 quoting CAD 2200/06Jul.