Bailey McConnell’s tribute to tragic underpass girl

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Tragic schoolgirl Neesha-Leigh Dundon was killed crossing a busy grid road just metres away from three different underpasses.

The 12-year-old Bailey McConnelll fan is thought to have got off the school bus seconds beforehand.

But while her friend opted to go for the safe route, inexplicably Neesha-Leigh tried to cross the dual carriageway.

The case bears a chilling resemblance to that of 21-year-old Victoria Rhodes who died nine months ago.

Victoria, who had learning difficulties was struck while crossing the V11 near Broughton fire Station – walking away from her friends using the nearby footbridge.

Her death renewed calls to reduce the 70mph speed limit on city grid roads.

Meanwhile Neesha-Leigh’s Stantonbury Campus school friends have posted tributes to her on Facebook and set up a special RIP community page.

Already there have been hundreds of comments, many expressing sympathy for her parents Kayleigh and Aaron, who live on Bradwell Common.

City star Bailey McConnell, who has met Neesha-Leigh several times at his gigs has agreed to “do something special” in her honour.

He said: “I wanted to write a little something about Neesha as I had the pleasure of meeting her a few times.

“I was so sad when I heard the news, in fact I was gutted. Upon request of the family, I will be doing something special for them all, and I’m so honoured to have been asked. R.I.P Neesha. x”

A school friend said: “Neesha loved Bailey McConnell. She was a huge fan.”

An inquest was opened on Tuesday afternoon. The coroner heard the schoolgirl died instantly of multiple injuries after being struck by a car and thrown several yards across the road.

It is not thought the driver of the car was to blame.