Town grieves for loved teen

The Sunday Times - - News - ROCHELLE TETLOW

Kait­lyn Scott we will love you and be proud of you for­ever baby girl. For­ever sweet 16.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a 16-year-old girl who was struck by a car and killed as she walked from a house party early yes­ter­day near Esper­ance.

Kait­lyn Scott, pic­tured, was walk­ing along Davis Road, Mon­jin­gup, north of Esper­ance town­ship, with her friends when a white Holden util­ity struck them at 1.30am.

She was crit­i­cally in­jured af­ter bear­ing the brunt of the im­pact and died in Esper­ance Hos­pi­tal. A 19-year-old man is as­sist­ing po­lice with their in­quiries.

Ma­jor Crash of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing if speed was a fac­tor in the crash.

Kait­lyn’s mother Cas­san­dra Ec­cles posted on Face­book: “To those who don’t know yet, we lost our beau­ti­ful girl early this morn­ing. Kait­lyn Scott we will love you and be proud of you for­ever baby girl. For­ever sweet 16.”

Fam­ily friend Yvonne Cooper has started a GoFundMe page to help pay for Kait­lyn’s fu­neral and sup­port her par­ents, who also have a teenage son and pre-kindy daugh­ter.

Miss Cooper said Kait­lyn was bub­bly, vi­va­cious and wise be­yond her years.

She had moved out of home, had a full-time job in re­tail and was ex­cited about her new­found in­de­pen­dence.

“Fi­nally she’s got that op­por­tu­nity and it’s been taken away from her, it’s dev­as­tat­ing, it shouldn’t have hap­pened,” Miss Cooper said. “She was just start­ing a life of her own.”

Five years ago Mrs Ec­cles had or­gan­ised a fundraiser for life­sav­ing med­i­cal treat­ment for Miss Cooper’s five-year-old daugh­ter. Now Ms Cooper is ral­ly­ing sup­port for her.

“You will be sadly missed by so many peo­ple,” Miss Cooper posted on Kait­lyn’s fundrais­ing page. “You were loved by many. Rest in Par­adise beau­ti­ful girl.”

“No par­ent should ever have to worry about the cost of bury­ing their child, so I am ask­ing our com­mu­nity to come to­gether to help as lit­tle or as much as you can to help ease some of this fi­nan­cial strain that the fam­ily will face.”

To do­nate, search Kait­lyn Scott on gofundme.com

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