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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 February, 2004, 15:55 GMT
Mother dies saving her children
A woman died after she was hit by a bus as she tried to save her children from being run over.

Lesley Lassiter, of Anfield, Liverpool, was crossing Queens Square on Thursday afternoon with her three children when the incident happened.

Witnesses say they believe she acted instinctively to stop two of her children as they ran into the road.

She died later in hospital. Merseyside Police said a number of witnesses had come forward.

One eye witness told BBC Radio Merseyside: "Her kids ran out, and she ran out to pull the kids back to the pavement and she got hit by the number 55 bus"

Mrs Lassiter, 33, of Harding Close, suffered severe head injuries but her children were unhurt.

An inquest was opened and adjourned on Friday.

Sergeant Colin Lewis, of Merseyside Police, said: "I can confirm that she did have her children with her at the time, both of which are extremely young, and our sympathies go out to them.

"Given the time of day, there were a large number of people about in the Queens Square area and many have come forward in relation to this matter."

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