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12-Year-Old Boy Killed, Five Others Injured In ‘Deliberate’ Hit-And-Run Outside Of School

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This week, a 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder after he hit multiple students and an elderly woman outside of a school in Essex, England.

It’s suspected that the man intentionally drove his car up onto the curb to kill the pedestrians, though these suspicions and any associated motivations, are still being investigated.

The 51-year-old man has been identified as Terry Glover, a local resident from Loughton in the UK.

The collision occurred just outside the Debden Park High School in Loughton, a London suburb in Essex. Glover was driving a silver Ford Ka, a small hatchback in the UK, which went up onto the sidewalk.

The victims involved were two 15 year-old boys, a 16 year-old girl, a 13 year-old boy, a 12 year-old boy and a 53 year-old woman.

All six pedestrians were injured in the collision. The 12 year-old boy, however, was rushed to the hospital with severe injuries but died upon arrival at the hospital.

The 12 year-old was identified as Harley Watson, a student at the Debden Park High School.

Helen Gascoyne, the head of the Debden Park High School, said that the community is devastated at the loss of Harley Watson.

Gascoyne said:

“Our thoughts are with the family and all those affected. As a school we continue to work with the police supporting the ongoing investigation. The school will be open tomorrow with a number of counsellors on hand to support our community.”

The local church also shared their support:

“Now and in the days to come our concern will be entirely for praying for and supporting the children, parents and teachers of the school. If you need a place to be, we are here for you, our community.”

According to the Essex Police, Terry Glover has been arrested, but the investigation is ongoing.

The police statement read:

“[The murder suspect has been arrested for] suspicion of murder, six offenses of attempted murder, one offense of causing death by dangerous driving, six offenses of causing serious injury by driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and driving without insurance.”

In a series of tweets, the Inspector for Essex Police Series Collision Investigation, Rob Brettell said many more questions needed to be answered, regarding Glover’s motivations in the accident.

Brettell said:

“[This is] likely to be a prolonged and serious investigation.”

Twitter has banded together, heartbroken at the news at the loss of Watson.

 

As the investigation is ongoing, it’s unclear what Glover’s final charges will be.

Police continue to seek answers surrounding the loss of Harley Watson and the injuries sustained by the other five victims.

McKenzie Lynn Tozan

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com.