Dangerous driver admits killing ‘beautiful’ teen girl hit walking to school

A dangerous driver has admitted killing a “beautiful and kind” teenage girl who was hit while walking to school.

Kevin Pryce, 45, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mia Strothers, 14, by dangerous driving.

Mia was seriously injured in the crash on Lightbowne Road in Moston at about 8.15am on Monday, October 5, and died two days later.

Pryce, who did not have a driving licence, did not stop at the scene.

Manchester Crown Court heard that prosecutors say he was travelling at about 57mph.

But Pryce’s lawyer said he disputes that he was travelling at ‘anywhere near that speed’, instead suggesting it was nearer 30mph or 40mph, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The case was adjourned until January 4, when a trial of issue could be heard to determine the speed at which he was travelling.

Pryce could be sentenced on that date.

Judge Michael Leeming remanded Pryce in custody, and told him to expect a jail sentence.

Pryce also admitted failing to stop, driving without a licence and without insurance.

Members of Mia’s family were in court for the short hearing.

Hundreds of tributes have poured in for Mia, with flowers and messages being left at the scene of the incident.

Protests were held at the scene a week after Mia’s death, with supporters calling for a pedestrian crossing to be implemented.

Traffic calming measures have since been installed on Lightbowne Road, near the junction with Nuthurst Road.

Bollards have been put in place, narrowing the road from two lanes to one, with temporary traffic lights also being used.

People took to the streets to pay their respects to Mia on the day of her funeral.

A cortege led by two white horses carried the teenager’s coffin to St Mary’s Church, on Nuthurst Road – just yards away from the scene of the incident.

Sharon Hands, the headteacher of North Manchester Academy, where Mia attended, paid tribute to the youngster.

“We are absolutely devastated by this tragedy and our community is deeply saddened,” she said.

“Mia was a friendly, caring, and well-liked member of our school community who was a role model for others.

“She was selfless, supportive, honest and thoughtful – those aspects of her personality will remain our strongest memories of her.

“Mia had many friends in school and they talk about her as being ‘a beautiful soul’ with a contagious laugh and an infectious smile.

“In many ways, Mia represented all that we at Co-op Academy North Manchester hold at our core and her loss will be felt throughout.

“We are offering all the support we can to Mia’s friends and family and have plans in place to support both pupils and staff at this incredibly sad time.”

A fundraising page set up to support Mia’s family has raised more than £32,000.

The page reads: “Mia was simply going to school that day like any other, as you can imagine her family are inconsolable and struggling to come to terms with how their precious girl has become an angel at such a young age.

“Although at present all they want is to grieve in peace we want to ensure the family are supported financially to prepare to give Mia the best send off that a princess deserves.”