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A toddler who died after a car ploughed into her family has been pictured for the first time.
22-month-old Xixi died after a vehicle mounted the pavement in Eastcote Road, Ruislip, west London, at 4.15pm on Sunday.
Her mum has also described seeing a car driving along the pavement before it careered into the group.
The 31-year-old told the Evening Standard: “We didn’t stand a chance.”
“It was coming at us fast on the pavement. My husband was pushing the pram it came at us head on we didn’t stand a chance.”
The mum paid tribute to her daughter, saying she has “the most beautiful smile”.
She added "her eyes were always full of love and laughter" and "she was our angel".
She added the little girl was "our everything" and "there isn’t a moment" the family "could stop thinking about her".
Xixi's mum suffered a leg injury while her dad, who is in his 30s, needs surgery on his arm.
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According to witnesses Xixi's mum screamed “my baby, my baby” after the crash.
Police have told how a man in his forties was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury while driving and driving whilst unfit through drugs.
Witness Alan Newton, 61, said the incident was "horrendous", adding the pram was "completely crushed" and "there was no hope for the little one".
Mr Newton claimed the father had a damaged shoulder and head injury and was "just distraught" after the incident.
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He said police officers at the scene "couldn’t look" because it was "so distressing".
He said officers "held their heads in their hands" and "said it was the worst thing they had ever seen".
The dad admitted to hospital where his condition was initially though to be critical but was later discharged.
Police, including some off-duty officers, desperately tried to save Xixi, alongside paramedics – but the poor youngster was pronounced dead at the scene.
Yesterday Detective Sergeant Sarah Donegan said: “Our thoughts are with the child’s parents at what must be an unimaginably difficult time.
“We have launched an investigation to establish the circumstances of what happened and I am asking anyone who was in the vicinity at that time who may have seen something, or has dashcam footage or CCTV, to come forward and help us with our investigation.”
- In the News
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