A Perth community is mourning the loss of a “beautiful” 19-month-old girl killed in a tragic accident in the driveway of her family home.
Police and paramedics were called to a Bayswater home just after 5pm on Saturday to reports a child had been had run over by a car.
Aurora Ellis had wandered out onto the driveway as the white Toyota LandCruiser was reversing.
It’s believed that the driver didn’t see the child before she was hit.
Nine reported she was struck and killed by a vehicle owned and being driven by her mother.
Several neighbours who heard the screams for help rushed to assist the toddler.
Aurora’s father was also later seen sobbing outside the home.
Family and friends of the parents, who also have an older daughter, have shared their condolences on social media.
“Our precious babies, only if we could ‘turn back time’,” one wrote.
Another said: “Two cutie matooties.”
In a comment directly to the mother, one woman said: “Love and strength to you beautiful”.
A GoFundMe page, titled “Baby Aurora taken too soon”, has been established by long-time friends Matthew and Michelle Rann.
Aurora’s name meant “goddess of the dawn”.
“On Saturday 6th June, beautiful 19-month-old Aurora grew wings and flew from earth in an tragic accident that has left her little family broken,” the page states.
“There is a long road ahead, with hard times and enormous heartache which you can’t even begin to imagine.”
Mr Rann told The West Australian he had spoken to Aurora’s father.
“In (his) words, they’ve had sleepless nights, finding it hard to breathe, feeling absolutely numb,” he recounted.
He said the 19-month-old’s dad wanted to raise awareness “and save, in his words, ‘another little person’s life’”.
The fundraising page describes Aurora’s parents as “the most genuine, giving and caring people around”.
“Now it’s our turn to help them in the most generous way we can,” it states.
“This beautiful family need time to mourn and surround each other in love, without having the financial burdens of daily life and work commitments weighing on their minds.
“We are hoping to raise enough money to help them celebrate Aurora’s life and help pay the bills so they can grieve together, for as long as is needed.
“Beautiful Aurora, ‘the goddess of dawn’. May you continue to be light wherever there is darkness, and every sunrise be powerful reminder of your existence for the whole world to see.”
One child is accidentally run over in their own driveway every week in Australia, and the vehicle is often being driven by a parent, relative or friend, according to Kidsafe WA.
Chief executive Scott Phillips said the latest incident was an “awful situation” for the family.
“We need the community to get behind this family,” he said.
“This is a tragedy that families deal with for their whole life and your heart has to go out to them. This is a tragedy for the family, extended family, the whole community.”
WA Police said the death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.