Mother and sister see fatal Gran Canaria hit-and-run

Abigail Harris

The incident happened as Abigail Harris was taking a walk with her family

A 12-year-old British girl has died in a hit-and-run car accident in Gran Canaria, witnessed by her mother and sister.

Abigail Harris from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was hit by the car in Puerto Rico on Sunday during a family holiday.

Her friend, a 12-year-old boy also from Dewsbury, was taken to hospital. He has since been released.

A spokesman for the Spanish Civil Guard said a man and a woman had been arrested over the incident.

‘Little sweetheart’

Abigail had been celebrating her sister’s birthday and was walking in the resort when the incident happened.

Her parents, Nicola and Tony Harris, said in a statement: “Abbi, the youngest, was and always will remain, the ‘little sweetheart’ of her mum and dad.”

They said Abigail had been taken from them in “particularly tragic circumstances”.

The statement added that Mrs Harris, Abigail’s sister, and the 12-year-old boy’s father had seen the incident and were “trying to recover from the shock of it”.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We can confirm two British nationals were involved in a hit-and-run car accident in Gran Canaria on 18 April.

“Sadly, one of the British nationals died. Another British national has been hospitalised.

“We are providing consular assistance. Local police are investigating the incident.”

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