An 11-year-old girl died in hospital last night after being hit by a lorry.

Hane Haji Hassan, a pupil at Harris Academy Merton, was hit by a lorry on her way home from school near her home in Streatham Place at 3.20pm yesterday.

She was taken to hospital suffering from severe head injuries and died in hospital later that evening.

The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene. He was not arrested.

Streatham's MP, Chuka Umunna, said today: "I was deeply saddened to learn of the heart breaking tragedy that happened in the heart of our community in Streatham Hill yesterday afternoon.

"My thoughts, and the thoughts of everyone living locally, are with the family of this young girl at this very difficult time."

Rob Hunter, vice-principal at Harris Academy Merton said: “The Academy is extremely saddened that Hane Haji, one of our students in Year 7, was fatally injured after school yesterday in a road traffic incident in Streatham.

“Hane was a bright, happy and popular student at our Academy.  She was kind, thoughtful and will be remembered for the way in which she embraced all aspects of Academy life.

"She will be very much missed by the other students in the Academy and by her teachers. 

"Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with the Haji family.”

Metropolitan Police officers from Hampton traffic garage are investigating the incident and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information can speak to officers by calling 020 8941 9011, or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.