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Tributes to girl, 14, hit by car

Tributes have been paid to a teenage girl who was killed in a crash in Oxfordshire which injured two other young pedestrians and a man.

Friends of the 14-year-old, named locally as Liberty Baker, described her as a "friendly and kind girl".

Floral tributes were left by the roadside where Liberty was fatally injured in Curbridge Road, Witney, just after 8am on Monday.

Liberty, two other 14-year-old girls and a man - who were all pedestrians - were hit by a blue Citroen C2, Thames Valley Police said.

The driver of the car, an 18-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The two unnamed girls and the man were receiving treatment at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford as police appealed for information.

Liberty was a Year 9 pupil at the 1,400-pupil Henry Box School in Witney where staff and students were being counselled over her death.

Its headteacher Wendy Hemmingsley said: "With deep regret I have to report that a Year 9 student was involved in a fatal traffic incident this morning in Witney.

"The school community is deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

"Support is being offered to students and staff."

Tributes were paid to Liberty on social networking sites, including Twitter. One tweeted: "RIP Liberty Baker. You were such a friendly and kind girl. I have great memories from primary school that I'll never forget. Sleep tight."

Another wrote: "Liberty Baker, you were way too young. Heaven's gained a beautiful angel. RIP."

Acting Superintendent Kath Lowe, of Thames Valley Police, said: "This is a tragic incident and, as part of the West Oxfordshire community ourselves, I and all my officers share the grief of all those touched by this event."

Prime Minister David Cameron, who is MP for Witney, sent his condolences via Twitter: "My thoughts are with friends and family of the 14-year-old girl killed by a car in Witney this morning. Witnesses should call police on 101."

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