Vic school remembers 14yo hit-run victim

Benita Kolovos

A makeshift memorial has been set up at the school of a Melbourne girl who died in hospital on Wednesday, hours after being hit by a truck on Whitehorse Road in Ringwood.

The 14-year-old Aivy Nguyen was just minutes from home and beginning her hour-long commute to Mount Alexander College, her high school on the other side of town.

The driver of the truck, a 39-year-old man from NSW, contacted police shortly after the incident.

He spoke to officers before being released pending further inquiries, a police spokeswoman said.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Mount Alexander College Principal Wayne Haworth on Thursday said despite Aivy's family moving to Ringwood, she continued to attend the Flemington school and loved learning.

"Her distance from the school indicates her love for the school. She loved her friends, she loved her teachers and she was willing to wake up early and catch the train every day to be here," Mr Haworth told AAP.

A makeshift memorial, surrounded by flowers and photos of Aivy, has been set up by students at the school.

"It wasn't instigated by staff or anything, it was something the student leaders and her friends really wanted to do," Mr Haworth said.

"We will speak to the students about how and what they would like to do to commemorate and remember Aivy."

Despite only being at the school for about a year, Aivy's "vibrant personality and friendliness" helped her make many friends, he said.

Aivy excelled as a student, taking year 10 chemistry despite being in year nine, as well as advanced-level English, but her passion was in the creative arts and she was skilled in drawing and textiles.

"She was one of the leaders of the class, and often students would look to her for help," Mr Haworth said.

"Even on school open days, I'd see her (in the studio), with a big beaming smile on her face doing what she loved."

Family and friends paid tribute to the teen on Wednesday night as they gathered at the scene, leaving flowers and cards.