THE family of two-year-old Lily MacCluskey, who was killed when she was struck by a car on Tuesday afternoon, have paid tribute to their “little angel.”
Lily passed away from injuries she sustained after she was struck by a 4x4 vehicle on Hillside Road at around 4pm.
Lily’s parents, Elaine Guthrie and Gary MacCluskey, have released a statement through Grampian Police paying tribute to their little girl and thanking those who helped out following the incident.
They said: “Firstly, we would like to thank everyone, from the lady that attempted CPR, the police officers, the first responder doctor, ambulance service, hospital staff and everyone else involved for their efforts in trying to save our little angel.
“The kind words, flowers and teddies left by our tree at our home in Portlethen will remain with us forever as we try to come to terms with the tragic accident which resulted in the loss of our Lily.
“We could not hope to put into words how we feel at this very sad time in our lives but the support of our friends and family will, we are sure, eventually help us through.
“We are devastated at the loss of Lily at such a young age but she will live on in our hearts forever as she was, as we are sure every child is to their parents, our shining light.
“Night, night baby we will always love you and will never forget you, love mama and dada.”
The tragedy has left the community shocked and stunned.
Flowers, balloons and teddy bears have been left near the site of the accident and many people have been taking to social media to express their shock and pass on messages of condolence.
Local councillors also expressed their devastation at the tragic event.
Councillor Carl Nelson said: “This has come as such a shock.
‘‘I’ve got grandchildren of my own so to hear of something like this is just awful and tragic for all concerned.”
Councillor Ian Mollison described the accident as every driver’s “worst nightmare.” He added: “Whatever the circumstances it’s a terrible tragedy for the family of the little girl and the driver as well. My thoughts go to everyone involved.”
Police are still piecing together what happened.
Following the accident, Inspector Ian Kirkwood said: “Tragically, a young girl has lost her life as a result of the incident. Her parents have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time.
“It is too early to speculate on the cause of the collision and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or its immediate aftermath, and who has not yet spoken with police, to contact us soon as possible.”
Grampian Police can be contacted on 101.