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Liberty Baker crash: Appeal for schoolgirl nears £6,000

Liberty Baker Image copyright Thames Valley Police
Image caption Liberty attended Henry Box School in Witney

A fundraising appeal to erect a bench in memory of a 14-year-old girl killed in Oxfordshire has almost reached 10 times its initial target.

Liberty Baker died as she walked to school on 30 June when she was hit by a car which had mounted the pavement and crashed into four people in Witney.

An online appeal was set up last month to raise £600 for a memorial bench but donations have almost reached £6,000.

Funds above the cost of the bench will be passed to Liberty's family.

The teenager was a Year 9 student at Henry Box School in Witney when she died. She was also a former pupil of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School.

In a previous statement, her family said they were "heartbroken" and added: "Her glowing smile lit up our lives."

Tributes were also paid by friends on social networking sites and by Prime Minister David Cameron, the MP for Witney.

An 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been re-bailed until September.

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