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.
Itâ€™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.
â€œOur 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.â€
The local church also shared their support:
â€œNow 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.â€
According to the Essex Police, Terry Glover has been arrested, but the investigation is ongoing.
The police statement read:
â€œ[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.â€
In a series of tweets, the Inspector for Essex Police Series Collision Investigation, Rob Brettell said many more questions needed to be answered, regarding Gloverâ€™s motivations in the accident.
â€œ[This is] likely to be a prolonged and serious investigation.â€
Twitter has banded together, heartbroken at the news at the loss of Watson.
Heartbreaking. School friend of my son poor family x
— JM afc (@justinw03816934) December 2, 2019
I'm so sorry for all involved and for the grieving family. ðŸ’”
— Marca (@OldAndInvisible) December 2, 2019
My daughters old school. She and I are completely broken ðŸ’”ðŸ’”ðŸ’”ðŸ’”ðŸ’”ðŸ’”
— Elaine Miller (@ElaineMiller02) December 2, 2019
So terribly terribly sad…My heart goes out to that poor boy and his family and to all the other injured people and their families…so desperately sad. ðŸ’”ðŸ˜ª
— Maximilian SDF (@MaximilianSDF) December 2, 2019
So terribly sad, poor boy had a whole life to live. My heart goes out to his family and friends
— Julie (@thatsmejuliep) December 2, 2019
Hope the police get to the bottom of what has happened. My heart goes out to the young boys family â¤ï¸
— Lesley Ann Davidson (@lesley_david1) December 2, 2019
This is devastating to the loved ones of the victims, especially those of the 12-year-old boy who had his whole life ahead of him. ðŸ’”
— barrieblonde ðŸ‡¨ðŸ‡¦ (@barrieblonde) December 2, 2019
Very sad news at the start of December
— Steven Foley (@sdf1981) December 2, 2019
Iâ€™m heartbroken for our community ðŸ’”ðŸ˜” My children went to school with him and all the children are feeling so numb at this mindless act ðŸ˜¢ Prayers to the other 4 children and adult injured today. But huge Prayers, love and condolences to Hâ€™s family at this devastating time ðŸ’™ðŸ™
— JW (@JenWard2010) December 2, 2019
As the investigation is ongoing, itâ€™s unclear what Gloverâ€™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.