Nelina Fakliska, aged 10, died of internal injuries after she was hit by a car while crossing the road, according to a post-mortem examination carried out by state pathologist Sofoclis Sofocleous on Saturday morning.
The child was hit by a car driven by a 70-year old woman as she was crossing Tassos Papadopoulous avenue in Paphos at around 2.30 pm on Friday.
Nelina, who was born in Cyprus of Bulgarian parents in April 2009, was a pupil at the Pefkios Georgiades primary school. It is one of three schools in the immediate vicinity of the busy avenue.
Reports said her grandfather had accompanied her as far as the pedestrian crossing on the road before turning back.
Under conditions which are being investigated, the little girl was hit by a car while crossing the road and succumbed to her injuries at Paphos Hospital. The driver of the vehicle was taken to hospital in a state of shock. Philenews reports that an arrest warrant has been issued against her and will be executed as soon as doctors allow.
Nelina’s funeral will be held on Tuesday at Panagia Pantanassa Church in Paphos. Instead of wreaths, a request has been made for donations to support the family, the Cyprus News Agency said.
Education Minister Costas Hambiaouris has expressed his condolences to the family at the hospital and gave instructions for psychologists to be on hand when the school opens on Monday to support her fellow pupils, her eight year old sibling and the educational community, the news agency added