Two detained over death of Dewsbury’s Abigail Harris
Apr 21 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A JUDGE in Gran Canaria has extended the detention of two people being questioned over the collision which killed Abigail Harris.
The Dewsbury 12-year-old died after a blue Ford Escort mounted the pavement in Puerto Rico on Sunday evening.
She had been out walking with family members after celebrating her sister Jessica’s birthday.
Family friend Thomas Thackray, 12, was also injured in the incident but has since been released from hospital.
Thomas is a student at St John Fisher Catholic High School in Dewsbury where Abigail also attended.
Judge San Bartolomê de Tirajana heard testimony on Monday afternoon and ordered the extended detention of a father and daughter who were in the Ford.
The car had driven on but a nearby taxi driver gave chase and reportedly convinced the driver to return to the scene.
The island’s Diario de Las Palmas newspaper said the couple in the car were named as Jaime, 50, and Ingrid.
It also reported that Ingrid has no driving licence and some reports from the scene suggest confusion as to who was driving the vehicle.
It is understood that there were no signs of the car braking at the scene.
Investigating officers are also said to be looking at CCTV footage.
Back in the UK, St John Fisher’s headteacher Kevin Higgins said the school had lost a popular member of their community and everyone had been deeply affected by the tragedy.
Year 8 pupils will celebrate Mass where Abigail will be remembered this week.
Some pupils were absent from school yesterday to access support which has been offered in the wake of her death.
A memorial service has been planned for the school and the contact with the family has been made about how St John Fisher can support funeral arrangements.
In a statement released by the family, Abbi was referred to as mum and dad Nicola and Tony Harris’s “little sweetheart”.
They said she was “full of fun”.