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Tributes to Louise
A GRIEVING father has paid tribute to his teenage daughter who lost her fight for life nearly a fortnight after she was involved in a road accident on her way to school.
Louise Eames, 14, suffered multiple fractures and what proved to be a fatal head injury when she was involved in a collision with a Volkswagen Passat in London Road, Eastrop on Wednesday, February 9.
An air ambulance took the Costello Technology College pupil to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where she was treated in the paediatric intensive care unit. But on Monday evening, she passed away, with her family by her side.
Paying tribute to his daughter, Christopher Eames, 47, of Romsey Close, Popley, said: “She was bubbly, outgoing and a person who was full of life.
“She used to do a bit of airgun shooting, and she loved swimming. She liked walking the dogs, and she loved the band JLS - she was a typical 14-year-old girl.”
Mr Eames, his wife Tracey, and Louise's 17-year-old sister Sarah had stayed in Oxford since the accident thanks to Ronald McDonald House - a charity that provides accommodation for parents whose children are in intensive care.
Mr Eames said: “I would like to thank the hospital. The staff on the ward were brilliant. She could not have been in a better place.”
Mr Eames added that the family had arranged for Louise's major organs to be donated to children at the hospital, which he said his daughter would have wanted as she had always dreamed of being a paediatric nurse.
Scores of condolence messages have been left by Louise's friends on a dedicated Facebook page, set up after her accident so people could wish her well.
One girl, Emma Jones-Gill, wrote: “I cannot believe Louise is gone. School will never be the same again. I have tears in my eyes because Louise was, and still is, such a beautiful girl.”
Another, called Liberty Barrett, wrote: “You will be missed by many people at the school. You were such an amazing person.”
Louise was crossing London Road, on her way to school, in Crossborough Hill, when the accident happened.
In The Gazette on Monday, Costello Technology College headteacher Julia Mortimore said the accident had again highlighted the need for Hampshire County Council to install a crossing in London Road.
Following Louise's death, Royston Barker, chair of the governors at Costello Technology College, said he would reinforce Ms Mortimore's request for a crossing.
Speaking about Louise's death, he said: “Our reaction is one of extreme sadness. I am very sad that a life has been snuffed out at such a tender age.
“The whole school is devastated. There are teachers who have been crying and they are obviously deeply affected because she was well-liked as a student.”
No-one has been arrested in connection with the accident in which Louise was fatally injured.
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