Heartbroken family pay tribute to their ‘beautiful daughter’
THE family of a schoolgirl who died after being struck by a car have paid tribute to their ‘beautiful daughter’.
Marianne Haboc, 11, died on Monday, following the collision on Taylor Street in Rochdale.
She was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of the emergency services.
The driver of the red Range Rover involved in the collision stopped at the scene.
The 33-year-old woman has since been released under investigation while police continue to make enquiries.
Marianne was in her final year at St Patrick’s Primary School and a member of the Rochdale Olympic Gymnastics club.
In a heartbreaking tribute her family said the youngster used to get to school early to make friends with younger pupils. The tribute said: “Marianne, our beautiful daughter, was a natural born leader that could motivate friends to unite and do the same together regardless of age, race or belief. It was her own goal to be a top pupil of the year before leaving primary school.
“To achieve this, she had a little plan by coming to school early so she could meet more young pupils to play with and to improve her pro-activeness and relationship to them and her teacher.
“She loved her gymnastics and we are incredibly proud of what she achieved in that sport.
“She was a devoted Catholic and enjoyed gos- pel reading. Marianne will be sadly missed by all that knew her at her school, gymnastic club and church.”
Distraught classmates were in tears as they made their way to school the day after the tragedy.
A statement on St Patrick’s Primary School website urged parents to send their children in, promising specialist support.
Many families stopped to leave flowers, cards and teddy bears close to the scene of the tragedy, behind a row of shops at the junction of Taylor Street and Whitworth Road. Some parents, as well as children, were moved to tears.
One person to leave a bouquet of flowers was Danny Brown, 31, whose daughter Tia, also 11, was in the same class as Marianne at St Patrick’s.
He said: “My daughter was really good friends with her.
“She was such a nice, friendly, helpful, intelligent little girl. It’s just so, so sad what has happened. She will be sadly missed.”
Cards on the flowers on a patch of grass near the scene said: “Sleep tight Marianne.”
Another said: “Sorry we couldn’t have done more. RIP little one.”
In a statement on the school website, St Patrick’s said: “Sadly, our school community is grieving today for the loss of our Year 6 pupil Marianne who died following a tragic accident.”
Marianne was a member of Rochdale Olympic gymnastics club.
A post of the club’s Facebook page said: “RIP little superstar. No words can describe how we all feel tonight! Fly high.”
●●A youngster reads some of the tributes to Marianne
●●Marianne Haboc (above and below) died after being hit by a car on Monday
●●Residents came to leave flowers and toys at the scene of the tragedy