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Family pays tribute to tragic Tintagel toddler Holly Young

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

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The family of Tintagel toddler Holly Young have paid tribute to the 'beautiful daughter' who died after a collision with a van in the village on Tuesday.

A statement released through the police said: "Holly, our two-year-old daughter who would have been three in April, sadly lost the fight for her life on Tuesday having been involved in a collision with a vehicle in Tintagel around midday whilst her sister took her and baby sister to the shops.

"We still cannot believe our beautiful daughter has been taken from us and as a family are still in shock.

"We would like to thank those who rushed to help Holly and the emergency services who fought to save her life, sadly to no avail.

"Tintagel is a small community and we have been overwhelmed with the flowers and wishes left at the scene.

"Rest-in-peace our little girl, you will be missed greatly by all of your family."

The community has spoken of how it is in a state of shock following the tragic death.

Flowers and teddy bears have been placed at the scene of the incident.

Eyewitnesses said the two-year-old had been walking with her two members sisters when the incident occurred.

She was taken by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth with critical injuries, however was pronounced dead on arrival.

The driver of the van, who is said to be from St Columb was believed to have suffered a medical episode after the collision, and was treated at the scene.

Roger Wickett, chairman of Tintagel Parish Council, said it was a very sad time for the village.

“As a community we are deeply shocked at this tragic accident,” he said.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all those involved. To the family for their tragic loss, to the van driver, to his family; to those local people who were first on the scene and tried so hard to save the life of this little girl (and) to the police and emergency. services.”

Sharon Sharpe, owner of the Tintagel Arms, said: “We are heartbroken. She was a lovely little girl. We are just shocked, all our thoughts and love are with the family.”

Christine Stephens, owner of the Ye Olde Malthouse Inn, said:“Everybody is in a state of shock.

“I’d like to express my condolences on behalf of the Malthouse and the staff . It’s a small community and everybody has felt it.”

She added that several of the community new the driver. “We are feeling for him because he is such a nice bloke,” she said.

Police Inspector for Devon and Cornwall Martin Taylor said after the incident the van driver was taken to hospital following the collision.

The main road in Tintagel was closed while officers carried out an investigation.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision and in particular anyone who was walking or driving in the area at the time who can recollect seeing a young woman walking with a push chair accompanied by a small toddler.

Any witnesses are asked to contact police on 101.

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