Candles lit and lanterns released as friends say farewell to Lindsey
CANDLES and Chinese lanterns lit up the sky as friends and family said an emotional farewell to a Bulwell schoolgirl killed by a tram.
Lindsey Inger, 13, died of her injuries after she was hit by a tram at the crossing near Bestwood Village at about 7pm on Wednesday evening.
Afterwards, people living nearby called for more safety measures at the pedestrian crossing, which takes users across the tram line and a rail line.
Lindsey's close friend Finlee Margerison, 18, of Ryton Square, Aspley, appealed for people's concerns to be taken seriously, at a candlelight vigil held at the crossing last night.
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She had spread the word about the tribute to Lindsey throughout the day and more than 50 people turned out to light candles and release Chinese lanterns into the sky.
Miss Margerison said: "We all just love her so much. Everyone is really missing her.
"It wasn't her time to go. She had so many years ahead of her.
"None of this was her fault. They need better safety measures here.
"They need to do more about it before the same thing happens again to another family."
Among the candles and flowers that had been left at the crossing was a card signed by pupils of Ellis Guilford School and Sports College, Bar Lane, Basford, where Lindsey was a pupil.
Her sister Tasha Selway was also at the vigil and was overwhelmed by how much Lindsey had meant to everyone. She said: "I just keep expecting her to walk through the door and ask why she's plastered all over the newspapers. You just never expect it."
Two Facebook pages have been set up as a tribute to Lindsey.
The first – RIP Lindsey Marie Inger xxx – has 2,044 "likes", while the second, RIP Lindsey Inger, has 312 members.
A woman whose daughter was one of three friends with Lindsey when she was hit also paid tribute to the teenager yesterday.
Tammy Attenborough said daughter Deborah, 13, was struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.
Ms Attenborough, of Totley Close, said: "Something needs to be done about the crossing.
"Deborah is heartbroken and keeps crying and is not sleeping.
"She said it all happened so fast.
"We want it to be called Lindsey's Campaign and maybe we could get a bridge put there."
Notts Police, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch and tram operator Nottingham Express Transit are conducting investigations into the tragedy.
An inquest into Lindsey's death will be held.
Notts Police said they were still appealing for witnesses.
Detective Inspector Ged Hazelwood, of the crash investigation unit, said: "We know there were several passengers on the tram when the crash happened but some of them left the scene without leaving their contact details or speaking to police.
"We need to identify them and find out what they saw on Wednesday evening.
"If you were on the tram, or have any information, we would ask that you contact us."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the crash investigation unit on 101 ext 800 2225 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.