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Girl, six, from Afghanistan was hit and killed by a speeding driver in Slough

06 Aug 2019 Daily Mail Online

Daljit Khalsa (pictured) who had just started school, was walking hand-in-hand with her her mother Raki and her older sister

A six-year-old girl who moved to the UK from Afghanistan for a better life with her family died just months later when she was hit by a car.

Daljit Khalsa, who grew up in the dangerous Helmand province, was struck by a VW Passat travelling at 5mph over the 30mph limit, in Slough, Berkshire. 

The youngster, who had just started school, was walking hand-in-hand with her mother Raki and her older sister.

But she let go of her mother's grasp and was hit by the car being driven by Tomasz Oklinski, an inquest heard. She taken to hospital but later died.

The inquest at Reading Coroners court heard that tragic Daljit had poor eyesight and was not wearing her glasses at the time. Her glasses had been broken the day before.

The coroner said this could have affected her ability to judge if it was safe to cross the road. 

The tragedy happened on October 26 last year in Cippenham Lane, Slough. Daljit and her family had only been in the Berkshire town for two months.

They had previously lived in Newcastle after arriving in the UK in January, 2018. 

In a statement read out at the inquest in Reading, Mr Oklinski, who faced no action from police, said: 'When I was told the girl had died I was so sad and I couldn't believe what had happened.

The tragedy happened on October 26 last year in Cippenham Lane, Slough. Daljit and her family had only been in the Berkshire town for two months.

'When the accident happened I was so shocked because I hadn't seen any children or other people on the road.

'I am so sorry for the family and I wish I could change what has happened.'

Forensic investigator Kevin Spiller questioned whether Daljit could not have been holding her mother hand at the moment she was hit by the car.

He said: 'Daljit was hit by the front of the car, not the side.

'Even if she was a step ahead while holding hands the mother and other daughter would also have been hit by the side of the car. It is not possible that they were holding hands.'

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He said it was likely Daljit ran into the road and the driver did not have time to react. He estimated the speed of the car when it was braking was 'between 31 and 35mph'.

Alison McCormick, assistant coroner for Berkshire, said: 'I know that in the accident she was not wearing her glasses which could have affected her ability to judge whether it was safe to cross the road.

'But it is just as possible that she didn't even look, it's possible that she may have crossed the road in the impetuous way that children do.'

Daljit had just started at Cippenham Primary School. She had previously gone to Riverside Primary School in Newcastle

In a tribute, her family said: 'Daljit has left behind her parents, elder sister, grandparents, uncle, aunt and their two sons.

'Daljit was very kind, caring and friendly. She made many friends at her school and was very passionate about studying.

'She enjoyed learning the English alphabet the most and wanted to learn the language very quickly.

'Her favourite poem was 'Johnny Johnny, Yes Papa' and her favourite cartoon was 'Masha and the Bear.'

'Whenever we eat chips and eggs we always remember her because it was her favourite dish.

'Daljit enjoyed playing with the ball in the park and was very fond of going on funfair rides.

'We will always remember our daughter and she will forever be in our hearts.' 

Ms McCormick recorded a verdict of death by road traffic collision. 

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