Emma Guilbert, 18, of Oldham, Greater Manchester (pictured) was hit by a car in the Fenham area of Newcastle on Friday afternoon and succumbed to her injuries on Monday
A ‘bright’ first year university student has died in hospital four days after being struck by a car in a hit and run.
Emma Guilbert, 18, of Oldham, Greater Manchester, was hit by a car in the Fenham area of Newcastle on Friday afternoon and succumbed to her injuries on Monday.
The Newcastle University psychology student has been described as a ‘bright’ and ‘much-loved’ young woman.
A man, 31, has been arrested over her death and the car involved has been seized.
Professor Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon, head of the University’s School of Psychology, led tributes to her.
She said: ‘We are all shocked and deeply saddened by the death of such a bright young woman.
‘Emma had already shown much promise during her time here at Newcastle University.
‘She was much loved by her fellow students and had already established a firm group of close friends.
‘She will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with Emma’s family and friends at this difficult time.’
Miss Guilbert was hit between Wingrove Road North and Fenham Hall Drive in Newcastle at around 4.30pm.
Crash scene: A police cordon is pictured in Wingrove Road North, Fenham, Newcastle on Friday after Miss Guilbert was hit by a car
Inspector Ian Cutty, who is overseeing the investigation, has renewed his appeal for witnesses.
He said: ‘This is a really tragic incident and Emma’s family are understandably devastated as they look to come to terms with what has happened.
‘We are supporting them with specially-trained officers.
‘Our investigation into the collision itself is ongoing but a man has been arrested and a vehicle has been seized that we believe to have been involved.
‘It is believed the vehicle involved is a grey or silver Peugeot 307 and so we want to speak to anyone who may have seen a vehicle of that description in the Fenham area.
‘We also need any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police to come forward.
‘We particularly want to speak to anyone who may have dash cam footage of the vehicle.’
He asked people not to share video footage of the crash, saying: ‘We are aware that CCTV footage of the collision has been shared on social media and we would ask that those sharing it to stop.
‘A teenage girl has lost her life and not only is this a live investigation, but it is also incredibly difficult for the family to know this footage is being circulated.
‘If you have posted the video then we would ask you to remove it and respect the privacy of the family as they come to terms with Emma’s death.’
Anyone with any information is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101 quoting log number 760 23/11/18, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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