'Beautiful Princess': Father's Heartbreaking Tribute To Daughter Who Died At Daycare
A three-year-old girl who was tragically killed on Monday afternoon after being hit by a car at her daycare centre has been named as Charlotte Smithers.
Charlotte was hit when a car reversed into her at the Kiddy Palace Learning Centre in Epping, in northern Melbourne.
It's believed the driver of the car was attending to one of three children inside the vehicle when it accelerated backward, hitting Charlotte. She died at the scene. The driver of the car was taken to hospital.
"I didn't know what to do or what had happened. But hearing the scream, I just knew something wasn't right," a witness told 10 News First's Jayde Cotic.
Charlotte's father, Adam Smithers, issued an emotional tribute to his daughter on Tuesday. Adam told Nine he was devastated by the loss of his "little baby".
"She was a really bubbly outgoing girl who would light up the room wherever she went ... I'm devastated my little baby is gone … I don't know what to feel," he said.
Family friend Hannah Skyring quickly set up a GoFundMe page to help Charlotte's parents with funeral costs. The page received $1500 in its first few hours, but it appears the page was no longer active on Wednesday morning.
"My very close friend's daughter was tragically run over by the car she was getting into," Skyring wrote on the fundraising page on Tuesday.
"It was a tragic accident. I'm raising this money to help both parents give (their) baby girl the send-off she deserves. The beautiful princess she was."
Tributes for Charlotte started to appear outside the Kiddy Palace on Tuesday morning. Flowers, soft toys and notes were placed at the centre.
Victoria Police described Charlotte's death as a "terrible incident".
"We certainly urge anybody who's around children to be very careful and mindful that terrible accidents such as these can occur if everyone is not paying full attention to what they are doing," Detective Sergeant Daryll Out said on Monday.
No plans for Charlotte's funeral have been released at this stage.
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