A six-year-old girl has died after her devastated mother knocked her down while trying to park her car.
Bolutito Shodipe was killed yesterday morning when her mother pulled up outside Hounslow West tube station in London and her family is now coming to terms with the accident.
British Transport Police said officers and London Ambulance Service paramedics tried to resuscitate Bolutito at the scene but she was later pronounced dead at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
A family statement released by police said: “Bolutito was our eldest daughter and no-one could have asked for a better daughter.
“She was a beautiful, well behaved, girl who loved ballet and who will be sorely missed by all of us.
“This is an extremely upsetting time for us and we ask that we be given the respect and space to grieve and to come to terms with this terrible accident.”
DCI Iain Miller of British Transport Police said detectives are working to determine how the incident occurred.
He said: “Our officers attended, alongside colleagues from the Metropolitan Police Service and London Ambulance Service, and discovered a child – a six-year-old girl – had sustained fatal injuries having been struck by a car being driven by her mother.
“It is clear that both mother and child arrived together in the car park and the accident occurred during a parking manoeuvre.
“Specialist officers are now providing full support to the girl’s family whilst detectives are working to determine exactly how the incident occurred.”