Pictured: Girl, three, who died after being run over outside her home on a Midlands street – as her family remember their ‘beautiful angel’
- Briya Kaur Gill was hit by a black Skoda in Warwickshire at 5.45pm on Friday
- The girl was rushed to hospital but died from her injuries on Saturday evening
- A 32-year-old woman was arrested and then released pending further enquiries
- In a statement, Briya’s family said she had become ‘the most beautiful angel’
A three-year-old girl who died after being knocked down by a car outside her home in Warwickshire has been named by her family as Briya Kaur Gill.
Briya suffered serious head injuries when a black Skoda Citigo hit her around 5.45pm on July 17 in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
A 32-year-old woman, from Leamington, was arrested by Warwickshire Police on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving but has now been released pending further enquiries.
This evening police released a statement from Briya’s devastated family.
Three-year-old Briya Kaur Gill (pictured) died after she was run down by a black Skoda Citigo. She was rushed to hospital with serious head injuries but died on Saturday evening
The statement said: ‘To all our family, friends and well-wishers near and far. Thank you for your kind words and sympathy.
‘We truly appreciate the outpouring of love, for now, please respect our privacy and give us time to grieve. Our world has lost its colour and our lives will never be the same.
‘Thank you to all of the staff at Birmingham City Children’s Hospital, the care and overwhelming support they provide is not repayable and we cannot express our gratitude to them.
‘To continue to support them with all their efforts, if you would like to donate please do so by following this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/briya-kaur-gill
‘Our beautiful girl has become the most beautiful angel.
Briya was hit at around 5.45pm near her home in Brunswick Street (pictured) in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire on Friday evening
‘Briya touched the hearts of every person she met and she lived a lifetime within her three years.’
Heartbroken family members were seen hugging each other and weeping as they gathered by the scene of the tragedy on Sunday.
Briya’s father said: ‘She only died yesterday. We can’t believe it. We are heartbroken but police are doing everything they can to help.
‘It is the most horrendous time for us.’
The girl’s uncle added: ‘It happened here, outside the family’s house. It is too raw. It is devastating for the whole family.’
The family were described by a local shopkeeper as ‘very nice’, with the girl’s death coming as a ‘shock to the community’.
The shop owner revealed that her father had come into his shop just ten minutes before the tragic incident.
Warwickshire Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward as part of the ongoing investigation into how the tragedy happened.
They are also keen to speak to the owner of a Mazda, believed to be silver or blue, who was driving behind the black Skoda before it collided with the girl. The Mazda driver quickly sped away after seeing the incident.
A 32-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving but has since been released by Warwickshire Police pending further enquiries
The force are also calling for anyone with CCTV or dash cam footage to present this as evidence.
Superintendent Emma Bastone from Warwickshire Police said: ‘Our thoughts remain with the family of the little girl following this terrible incident.
‘We have launched a thorough investigation into how the collision occurred and we’re keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the child or the car in the moments leading up to the collision.’
Anyone with information about the incident should call 101 and quote reference number 324 of 17 July 2020.
Information can also be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.