Girl, 10, loses fight for survival

A TEN-year-old girl who was involved in a collision with a car in Ipswich has died, police confirmed today.

Josh Warwick

A TEN-year-old girl who was involved in a collision with a car in Ipswich has died, police confirmed today.

Little Joanne Dockett was only yards from her home in Byron Road when the accident happened on August 2.

The youngster suffered massive head injuries in the crash and was taken to Ipswich Hospital before being airlifted to Addenbrooke's in Cambridgeshire where medics battled to save her life.

However Joanne lost her brave fight late on Friday evening.

She had been crossing the road after getting off a bus when she was involved in a collision with a Ford Fiesta.

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Neighbours rushed to her aid before paramedics arrived.

Two of those who helped were Michelle Allen, 30, of Byron Road, and Tracey Sinkovits, 40, of Shakespeare Road, who checked Joanne's pulse and held towels to her head to stem the blood.

Miss Allen, who now plans to launch a campaign and petition to improve safety in the street, said: “I had just got home and was in the kitchen when I heard a bang.

“I came out of my house and went into autopilot. I checked her pulse and we put a dressing gown over her and a towel on her head where I could see she had cut herself.

“I was talking to her, telling her she would be alright, although I did not know if she could hear me.

“It was terrible, so awful and so, so sad.”

Last week, Joanne's family, who staged a bedside vigil at Addenbrooke's, issued a sincere message of thanks to those who had helped.

After the crash, Byron Road was closed for several hours while police carried out investigations.

Those who saw the collision are asked to call Pc Paul Carr at Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

Pay your tributes to Joanne Dockett - Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk