A floral tribute to the 15-year-old girl killed on her way to school. (ABC News: Ben Millington)
A man has been charged in relation to the death of a 17-year-old girl, who was struck by a car while she was walking to school this morning in the NSW Hunter region.
The man, 42, had been driving his own children to school, when his car allegedly struck the girl as she was walking on Warrigal Close in Brandy Hill, about 40 kilometres north of Newcastle.
He has been charged with dangerous and negligent driving occasioning death and is due to face court in March.
Emergency services were called just before 7:30am and the girl was treated by paramedics, but died at the scene.
Extensive damage is seen on the four-wheel-drive involved in the incident. (ABC News: Ben Millington)
Crash investigators spent the morning analysing the accident site and a four-wheel-drive with significant damage to its front left side was towed from the scene.
Shortly after police left, a local woman expressed her sympathy for the family by leaving flowers at the accident site.
The driver of the car was taken by police for mandatory breath testing.
Morning sun is ‘blinding’ on the road: resident
Karen Manuel, a resident on the street where the school girl was killed, said it is normal for children to walk on the road to and from the bus stop.
“We see them all the time,” she said.
“We all walk the road ourselves for exercise.”
She also said that drivers have to be very careful driving up the road in the morning.
“The sun is definitely blinding in the mornings going up the street,” she said.
Ms Manuel said it is very hard to process the girl’s death and she believed the whole street would be affected greatly.