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'Beautiful young girl': friends, family mourn death of 13-year-old girl killed by bus

Edmonton police say the bus driver kept driving after the 13-year-old girl was struck.

Mariamma Sillah (right) was struck and killed by a bus on Saturday.


Mariamma Sillah (right) was struck and killed by a bus on Saturday.

Mariama Sillah was an outgoing girl who liked her books.

Friends and family remembered Sillah on Monday, after she was struck and killed by an Edmonton Transit bus driver in a marked crosswalk in the city’s northwest Saturday.

Sillah’s aunt Dula Kamara said Sillah was a “beautiful young girl.”

“She was smart and liked in school,” Kamara said over the phone.

Clem Yonge, a family friend, said Sillah wasn’t shy. “She liked going to school,” he said. “She was very outgoing.”

The family has been extremely busy arranging her funeral, Kamara added.

On Sunday, the city said it has launched a “full operational review” to prevent further pedestrian collisions following Sillah’s death.

It’s the second time in months to see an Edmonton Transit driver strike a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk. It’s Edmonton’s 10th pedestrian fatality in 2016.

“On behalf of the City of Edmonton, we offer our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the young pedestrian involved in a fatal collision last night,” said City Manager Linda Cochrane, in a news release.

Edmonton police said the driver turned left from 137 Avenue southbound on to 40 Street when the driver hit the girl.

The driver kept driving after she was struck — police believe the driver wasn’t aware of the collision.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 569, which represents Edmonton bus drivers, said in a news release the bus driver is “heavily traumatized by this tragedy."

“While we know that no amount of sympathy can make up for this tragic loss, we hope that some comfort comes from our deep feelings of commiseration,” the union said.

Police continue to investigate and don’t believe speed or alcohol were factors in the collision.

Kamara said Sillah was born in Sierra Leone. The family moved to Toronto in 2004 and later re-located to Edmonton.

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