Inquest opens into bus death tragedy
Updated 1:06pm Tuesday 1st July 2014 in By Mike Benke, @Michael_Benke
THE inquest into the death of nine-year-old Caitlin Hunt, who was killed earlier this year after being struck by a bus, takes place today.
Caitlin was described as a girl who was loved by everyone and loved to entertain her family and friends.
While it is known how the schoolgirl died, the inquest will examine the circumstances around it.
Following the accident, Caitlin’s family and many local residents called for more to be done to change the road layout to make it safer.
The section of road where the accident happened is raised level with the pavement, leading some to say it causes confusion over who has right of way.
A petition was set up to ask the council to consider removing the raised section to make the road safer.
It was a collaboration between Caitlin’s mother and the chairwoman of the Moredon Speedwatch, Sarah Evans.
So far more than 300 people have signed the petition but all of the papers have yet to be collected.
Sarah said: “We are still waiting for all those who had signature forms to return them but there has been a very strong response from people.
“From the ones I have had back so far there are at least 300 names on them. The next stage now is for us to gather the rest in and verify them before we hand it over to the council.
“Before this crash people did have their concerns about the crossing. “With the bollards set out as they are and the road raised, to many people it appears to be a safe crossing, especially to the partially sighted and children.”
The council has maintained the road was raised as a safety measure and the overall number of accidents is down.
Shortly after Caitlin’s death her mother paid a heartfelt tribute to her daughter.
Claire Hunt said: “Caitlin absolutely loved to sing. She loved having her photo taken and videoing herself. Caitlin wanted to be a star when she grew up.
“She said when she reached the age of 16 she wanted to go on Britain’s Got Talent and was also going to go on The X Factor.
“She was always singing. She seemed to start when she was just six months old and then didn’t stop. Her favourite band was One Direction, but she loved everything.
“She was always asking to borrow my make-up, saying she wanted to look like me, but I just told her she didn’t need it as she was beautiful enough.”
The inquest will take place at Salisbury Coroner’s Office this morning and a verdict is expected today.