‘I heard her scream’ – teenager who saw Hornchurch woman killed by lorry speaks of her devastation
PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:00 12 March 2013
A girl who saw a young Hornchurch woman killed by a lorry has spoken of her devastation.
Annalise Stone, 17, was in Green Lane, Goodmayes, on Tuesday afternoon when she saw 25-year-old Masuma Mawji crossing the road.
She said: “I saw a lady on the crossing. She didn’t look that old but she walked as though she was old.
“I was watching her and I heard her scream. I looked and saw the lorry and she was lying there on the floor.”
“I thought she’d been hit but not killed. I saw blood.
“I ran to her. I was going to give her my jacket. But a man stopped me.
“He said she was dead.
“I had a go at a woman for taking pictures.”
Annalise added: “It was horrible. I’ve not been able to sleep.
“I had to be interviewed by the police.
“Me and my mum left flowers at the scene but apart from that, I’ve avoided going back there.”
The teenager, who has applied to study at Barking College, was planning to meet her mum Lee Linwood for an afternoon of shopping.
Lee, 53, of Stevens Road, Dagenham, said: “I took a couple of days off work to be with her [Annalise].
“She’s not been sleeping too well.”
She added: “The police at the scene were fantastic with her. They said no one should ever see this.
Masuma, a Havering College student, always walked with a crutch.
Family friend Ray Mehta, who has worked with Masuma’s father for more than 30 years, said: “Masuma was very courageous and she was always out on her own despite her disability, which affected her legs.
“She always walked very slowly but she was always very careful and used the crossing. It was so sad how it happened, she was just out buying lunch.”
The family, moved from Dunkeld Road, Goodmayes, four years ago, are said to be “devastated”.
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