Grief-stricken family in tribute to teenager

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Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a “special” Fleetwood teenager who has died after being struck by a car.

Sarah Duggan, 16, was crossing Fleetwood Road with three friends towards the shops on The Crescent in the Broadwater area of the port when she was hit by a Renault Scenic car last Monday.

Flowers left for Sarah Duggan, 16, on Fleetwood Road after she died on Saturday, November 9 after she was struck by a car

Flowers left for Sarah Duggan, 16, on Fleetwood Road after she died on Saturday, November 9 after she was struck by a car

Police said the incident is thought to have been a “tragic accident” after Sarah accidentally stepped out into the path of the car around 5.20pm.

The Blackpool and The Fylde College student, of Brook Street, suffered a bleed on the brain and had a valve fitted to try and reduce the pressure building in her brain.

But, despite medics’ best efforts Sarah died at Royal Preston Hospital on Saturday at around 5.15pm with her devoted mother Julie by her side.

Her grandmother, Brenda Duggan, 67, said Sarah, a former student Larkholme Primary School and Great Arley Special School was studying to be a painter and decorator.

She said: “She was a wonderful granddaughter – a very special person. I am just trying to keep myself going. Everyone is devastated by what has happened.

“Her mum, Julie, won’t leave her side at the hospital and just wants to stay with her. She wants to spend as much time as she can with her.

“Everyone is just so upset. It has really affected her brothers and sisters.”

Brenda said Sarah, who has five siblings, was a huge sports fan, who loved to play football, rugby and cricket.

She was also a big fan of Birmingham City alongside her stepdad, Gerry Coleman.

Brenda added: “She was such a tomboy. Anything that lads loved she wanted to get involved in.

“She was part of the school sports teams and won lots of trophies too.”

Her sister Louise said Sarah was an “amazing sister who would be greatly missed”.

Bouquets of flowers have been left near the site of the accident, with one including a personal tribute. It said: “To Sarah, sleep tight babes, love you loads, RIP, Tom, Shantelle, Julie, Lillie, Blossom and Alaska”.

Sarah leaves her mum Julie, 42, stepdad, Gerry, 47, Brenda and siblings Louise, 25, Kirsty, 23, David, 21, Thomas, 18 and Nikita, 14.

The driver of the Renault was spoken to at the scene but was not arrested.

The family is urging county highways’ chiefs to introduce a pedestrian crossing at the scene after Sarah’s brother Thomas was knocked down at the same spot 10 years ago.