Tributes flow for 'beautiful girl' hit by car near her home: 'Forever 18'

·News Reporter
·2-min read

Tributes continue to pour in for a teenage girl killed outside her home by a car in regional Victoria.

Bella Canfield, 18, was hit by a car in Salisbury West, northwest of Bendigo, on Wednesday about 9.10pm.

Victoria Police said the young woman died at the scene.

Officers have spoken to the driver in question but he has not been charged with an offence. Investigations remain ongoing.

Friends and family have remembered Bella after she died on Wednesday night.

Bella Canfield, 18, is pictured.
Bella Canfield, 18, died after she was hit by a car. Source: Facebook/ Bella Canfield & Marist College Bendigo

Her mum Linda wrote the family’s hearts “are broken in a thousand pieces”.

“Oh beautiful Bella, I watched my first sunrise without you and it’s unbearable,” she wrote on Facebook.

“Life will never be the same without you. There will never be enough words to describe how beautiful you were."

A GoFundMe page started by her friend Emma Joss called Bella “a beautiful girl who was taken far too soon”.

Emma wrote her friend was about to start studying uni in Geelong and wanted to become a nurse just like her older sister.

“She had the most contagious laugh and an unforgettable smile,” Emma wrote.

Emma immortalised Bella as “forever 18”.

Bella graduated high school in 2021 and was a student at Marist College Bendigo, where she attended for six years.

The school’s principal Darren McGregor wrote Bella was “an extremely vibrant and bubbly person and was totally involved in everything Marist life offered”.

“On a personal note, I am confident that no other student would have said hello to me more often over her six years and I am sure this was the case with most staff. Bella was incredibly popular in Year 12 and across our broader student community,” he wrote.

Mr McGregor wrote Bella left behind three sisters along with her mum Linda and dad Leigh.

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