This is the first picture of a nine-year-old girl killed after being hit by a car while cycling in County Galway, Ireland.
Bridget Ward was cycling just before noon on Easter Sunday when she was hit by a car.
Her brother Paddy, seven, was also involved in the collision, which happened near the siblings’ home.
Bridget was tragically pronounced dead at the scene, the Irish Mirror reported , while her brother was taken to Portinucula Hospital where he remains in a serious condition.
She was described in an online tribute yesterday as an “angel”.
A post written on a relative’s page said: “RIP Bridget, fly high angel.”
Others also paid tribute, adding: “So sorry for their loss, RIP little princess. Beautiful little girl. May God give them the strength to cope with their loss.
Another person said: “She is an angel in heaven now. But God help the poor family.”
Bridget’s school, Eglish Primary School in Ballinasloe, posted yesterday: “Our school community is deeply saddened by the news of the tragic death today of our student, classmate and friend, Bridget.
“A kind, talented and wonderful girl in so many ways, she will always hold a special place in our hearts.
“May her gentle soul Rest in Peace.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family on this sad day and we pray for a full and speedy recovery for her brother, Paddy.”
Speaking after the crash, a garda spokesman said: “The collision occurred this morning, Sunday 21 April 2019 at approximately 11:55am on the R358 Ballinasloe to Ahascragh Road Co Galway.
“Both children were taken to Portinucula Hospital where the 9 year old girl was later pronounced dead. The 7 year old boy remains in a serious condition.”
Gardai have appealed for anyone with information about the crash to contact Ballinasloe station on 0909 631890.