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Father tribute to GCSE death girl

Esther Bush
Esther Bush's family are 'distraught' said her father

The father of a 16-year-old girl who died after she was struck by a refuse lorry says she was a talented musician who wanted a career in child care.

Laurie Bush said his daughter Esther had been ill for most of the summer and her death on Thursday was one of the few times she had left the house.

It is thought she was walking to collect her GCSE results in Treorchy, Rhondda, when she was hit.

A man who was helping police has been released on police bail.

In a statement released through South Wales Police, Mr Bush said Esther, from Cwmparc, would be missed by all who knew her.

"Esther was a happy, kind and considerate girl, who wanted to make a career in child care," he said.

She started every morning with a happy smile and a cheerful good morning
Laurie Bush, Esther's father

"She will be missed by all who knew her and myself deeply as we shared so much in common, our likes and dislikes.

"It is very sad that her life has been so short," he said.

"She had a lot of hidden talent musically, but was shy and lacked confidence in her abilities. It was a secret that we shared and were working on.

"Although her life was short she had more than a normal share of burdens and problems to contend with.

Treorchy School
Esther Bush died as she walked to her school to collect her exam results

"She started every morning with a happy smile and a cheerful good morning.

"That morning greeting that she would give will always be remembered.

"Her brother, sister, mother and myself are all distraught."

Local people said Esther was on her way to collect her results at Treorchy Comprehensive School at the bottom of the hill when she was in collision with a council refuse vehicle at the junction of Conway Road and Chepstow Road.

The Wales ambulance service said it was called to reports a lorry had reversed over a female.

Esther was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant but later died.

A police family liaison officer is supporting her family at this difficult time, said a South Wales Police spokeswoman.

Meanwhile police are continuing to investigate the incident and are still appealing for witnesses in relation to the collision.

Witnesses to the incident, or anyone else with information, should call the roads policing team on 029 2063 3438.


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