'Dead' Schoolgirl Becomes Google Street View Sensation

13/08/2010 12:00 | Updated 22 May 2015

When ten-year-old Azura Beebeejaun played 'dead' to trick a friend last summer, she had no idea of the interest it would come to generate.

The little girl had been playing in the street with friends outside her home in Middle Road, Worcester.

After falling over during a game, she decided to pretend to be 'dead' to spook her pal - unaware that her antics were captured by a Google Street View camera car.

Street View users subsequently browsing the site were horrified to see what they thought was a child's body lying dead on the pavement.

Azura told reporters: 'I didn't know anything about the Google Street View car (recording me). I fell over while I was playing with my friend and thought it would be funny to play dead.

'I'm quite chuffed I'm on the internet. It is quite funny and I can't wait to tell my classmates when I go back to school.'

Her mum, Saira, a 43-year-old youth worker, was equally as amused: 'I understand how some people might have thought the picture looked like a dead body - I just wish she was that quiet all the time.

'A couple of people on the road have mentioned to me a few weeks ago that they had seen a picture of a girl lying on the floor on our street. I assumed it was my daughter because she is always playing around on the pavement outside.

'But I never really thought one picture would cause such a commotion.'

A Google spokesperson said it was unable to comment on individual images.

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