A 33-year-old woman has died after being hit by a taxi in Salford city centre.

Police were called to Trinity Way in the early hours of Saturday morning following reports of a collision.

Mikayla Ferguson-Burns, from Rawtenstall, was found in a critical condition, suffering from serious head injuries at around 3am.

She was taken to a local hospital for treatment but died later that day, Greater Manchester Police have confirmed.

The taxi driver remained at the scene following the incident and is helping GMP with their inquiries. He has not been arrested.

The serious collision investigation unit is currently investigating the fatality and police are appealing for witnesses to get in contact.

PC Paul Shore, from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:

“This is such a tragedy, this young woman had her whole life ahead of her.

“We have opened an investigation and are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come and speak to us.

“We want to be able to provide Mikayla’s family with the answers they deserve.”

Mrs Ferguson-Burns’ parents, Jackie and Terry Ferguson, told police in a statement: “Mikayla was amazing, simply amazing. She has so many family members and friends that are going to miss her dearly.

“She was beautiful, intelligent, hilarious and so, so caring.

“Mikayla always put others before herself and she will never be forgotten”.

Mr and Mrs Ferguson also took to Facebook to thank everyone for the masses of comments and tributes: “We are blown away and completely overwhelmed by the love for Mikayla, bless every one of you.

“We are deeply touched. Mikayla’s mum and dad.”

Several of Mrs Ferguson-Burns’ friends paid tribute to her on Facebook after hearing of the devastating news.

Mark Breeze, a former colleague of Mikayla, said, “I’d struggle to think of a more sociable, outgoing and fun-loving person. My thoughts are firmly with her family and friends at this terrible time.”

Old friend, Jean-Marie Eaton, also from Rawtenstall, said: “Seriously, seriously sad news. Such a beautiful lady, inside and out.

“I just have memories from primary school and sixth form of you having me in stitches. R.I.P Mikayla Ferguson-Burns, my thoughts go out to your close friends and family”

Anyone with information should contact investigators on 0161 856 4742, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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