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Teenager dies after falling off a child's scooter and hitting her head on the pavement just metres from her home

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  • Megan Hopwood died in hospital after falling off scooter near her home
  • Teenager's parents have paid tribute to their 'loving and caring daughter'
  • 13-year-old described as a 'little mother hen' with her brothers and sisters

By James Rush

PUBLISHED: 04:51 EST, 11 September 2013 | UPDATED: 05:07 EST, 11 September 2013

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The parents of a 13-year-old girl who died after falling off a child's scooter have paid tribute to their popular daughter who 'captured the hearts of everyone she met'.

Megan Hopwood was found lying in the street after she had fallen off the scooter and hit her head on the pavement.

The passerby who found her flagged down the police but the teenager died later in hospital. Tests are now being carried out to establish the cause of death.

Megan’s parents Nicola, 31, and Paul, 37, from Whiston, near Liverpool, were today being comforted by friends as they paid tribute to their daughter.

'Bright, shining star': Tributes have been paid to Megan Hopwood, 13, who died after she fell off a child's scooter

'Bright, shining star': Tributes have been paid to Megan Hopwood, 13, who died after she fell off a child's scooter

Talented singer Megan was a keen netball player at Huyton Arts and Sports Centre for Learning and had recently been picked to represent the school in a forthcoming trip to Holland.

The tragedy occurred at 9pm on Saturday night after Megan had gone out on the scooter.

Her mother Nicola said: 'She got the scooter out of the garden. She had no shoes or coat on. We shouted about a minute afterwards.

'We thought she was talking to friends. As soon as she came around the corner she must have fallen off.

'We don’t really know how she died. It wasn’t an electric scooter. She had a little graze underneath her chin. We presume she knocked herself out and choked.'

In a statement she and Megan’s father Paul said: 'Megan was a devoted, loving and caring daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and best friend.

Popular: Megan, pictured with her mother Nicola, was a keen netball player and had recently been picked to represent her school in a trip to Holland

Popular: Megan, pictured with her mother Nicola, was a keen netball player and had recently been picked to represent her school in a trip to Holland

'She had an outgoing and bubbly character, with a kind and caring nature. She was a true friend to everyone. She had an infectious, smiling laugh which captured the hearts of everyone she met. She seemed to attract people and had lots of friends.'

Megan's parents said she enjoyed school life, was a talented singer and 'loved performing arts'.

They said: 'She was always singing and dancing around the house and garden keeping the family and neighbours entertained.'

'She had an outgoing and bubbly character, with a kind and caring nature. She was a true friend to everyone' 

- Megan's parents Nicola and Paul

Her parents said Megan enjoyed the outdoors, including spending time fishing with her father, and going on holiday with the rest of her family.

They said: 'Megan especially loved the beach and playing practical jokes on us all. She would always dig a hole in the sand and cover it with a towel then try and convince her dad to lie on the towel. She had a great sense of humour.

'Megan was devoted to her family especially her Nan and granddad with whom she stayed each weekend. She loved helping them out especially when they both fell ill. She was like a little mother hen with her brother, Josh and sisters Alicia, Amelia and Paige. She would keep them in check more than us. She liked nothing more than teaching her sisters dances and looking after them.

'She was a popular girl, a true and loyal friend, someone you could always count on. We will miss everything about her; life will never be the same. She has touched the hearts of so many people.

'As a family we have taken some comfort from the lovely response within the community, who have paid their respects through the numerous cards and kind wishes. We would like to thank the community for their support. We would ask that we are now allowed some space and time to try and come to terms with the tragic loss of our much loved Megan. She will be sadly missed but never forgotten.'

Megan's parents Nicola and Paul (right) said their daughter (left) enjoyed the outdoors, including spending time fishing with her father

An online tribute page for Megan was set up on Facebook with almost 5,000 people joining to pay their respects.

In a public post on the Facebook page, Mr Hopwood said: 'We are so proud of the young lady she was becoming. It’s just tragic that her life has been cut short in this way.

'We only get one life and we need to make the most of what we do have and Meg in her 13 years certainly did that in such a short time.

'She was a popular girl, a true and loyal friend, someone you could always count on. We will miss everything about her; life will never be the same. She has touched the hearts of so many people' 

- Megan's parents

'I was giving up on God after this but after seeing just what she has done with her life and all the people she has touched, I really do believe that he only takes the best and in my Megan he found the best he’s ever had.'

Stuart Jamieson, principal at Huyton Arts and Sports Centre for Learning, said: 'We are greatly saddened by the loss of Megan who was a bright, shining star.

'Megan was a very popular student and was an outstanding member of our school student leadership team.

'She was always willing to give her time to help others and she will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this heartbreaking time.'

An inquest into Megan’s death was due to be opened and adjourned.

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