Tiny victim of shopping centre car park tragedy

A SUNSHINE Coast community is reeling and a family grief stricken after the shocking death of a six-year-old girl accidently run over in a shopping centre carpark by an elderly woman.


Indie Armstong was tragically killed when an 86-year-old woman lost control of her car and reversed into her. Also hit was her eight-year-old sister Lily and a woman believed to be her mother.

Tributes were on Sunday night pouring in for Indie, with a GoFundMe page set up to help her parents, Emily and Jason Armstrong, with medical costs and funeral expenses for their precious daughter.

"The local Yandina family Jas & Emily Armstrong have lost their precious daughter Indie who was only 6 years old. Their eldest Lily has suffered leg injuries and is in hospital currently getting treatment," the page states.

"They are small business owners (North Buderim Butchery) on the Sunshine Coast and really just need some time to grieve and get through this extremely hard and heartbreaking time ahead of them."

Friends posted that it was a "heartbreaking" time for the family describing Indie as a "very beautiful little girl".

"Our house and our daughter who started prep this year in which Indi (sic) befriended her is heartbroken for Indi and her whole family," Chloe Ginn wrote.

Indie Armstrong, 6, died after a tragic accident at a supermarket car park on Mill Lane, Nambour. Picture: Supplied
Indie Armstrong, 6, died after a tragic accident at a supermarket car park on Mill Lane, Nambour. Picture: Supplied

Horror moment girl killed in shopping centre tragedy

WITNESSES have described the terrible scene at a busy Sunshine Coast shopping centre after a little girl was killed and her mother and sister injured when a car reversed into a pedestrian crossing.

Police said it was believed an 86-year-old woman in a hatchback reversed into a 37-year-old woman and her two children while they were using a pedestrian crossing at Coles on Mill Lane about 12pm.

Mourners lay flowers at the scene where a six-year-old girl was killed when a car reversed into a pedestrian crossing.  Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning
Mourners lay flowers at the scene where a six-year-old girl was killed when a car reversed into a pedestrian crossing. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning

A six-year-old girl suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Nambour Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

 

The scene of today’s tragedy in Nambour. Picture: Channel 7
The scene of today’s tragedy in Nambour. Picture: Channel 7

An eight-year-old girl suffered a non-life-threatening lower-leg injury and was taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

The 37-year-old woman suffered minor injuries. The driver was not injured.

Sukhrpreet Singh, who works at Cignall tobacconists, witnessed the crash.

He said he watched as a car reversed quickly into the pedestrian crossing, hitting a woman and her two children.

A young girl was killed as she walked with her mum and sister through a shopping centre car park in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning
A young girl was killed as she walked with her mum and sister through a shopping centre car park in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning

"It happened in a matter of seconds. I looked up and she (the six-year-old) was falling to the ground," he said.

"I ran over to help but there were so many people already helping.

He said the driver of the car was told to remain in her vehicle.

"She was in shock. We all were," Mr Singh said.

Kebab Zone employee Ahmet Tombuloglu said he was busy with the lunch rush when he heard screaming.

"Everyone ran over to see what it was, even the customers," he said.

"We heard glass break but we couldn't go out to see what it was.

"Eventually everyone was out there and people were doing CPR to the girl."

Mark Ellis, who works at nearby Cellarbrations bottle shop, said shoppers were traumatised by the incident.

"There were a lot of customers in the car park and I saw a lot of trauma, a lot of people walking past crying," he said.

A bunch of flowers left at scene where a little girl was killed in a Nambour car park.
A bunch of flowers left at scene where a little girl was killed in a Nambour car park.

Locals organised a candlelight vigil across the road from the shopping centre for 5.45pm Sunday, as a mark of respect and support for the girl's family.

The tragedy comes only three days after the death of a 67-year-old woman who was struck by a car while crossing the street at Browns Plains, in Brisbane's south, on Thursday and less than a month after Anne-Marie Stent, 51, was killed after being struck by a bus as she was crossing Ann St in Brisbane's CBD.



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