Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Community Holds Light

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Community Holds Light

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Byline: Sarah Dionysius

"WE CAN'T take away the grief but we can bear some of the pain with you."

This is the message Nambour resident Carey Holden wants the family of the little girl killed in yesterday afternoon's tragic carpark incident to know.

Ms Holden was the organiser of last night's candlelight vigil held in honour of the six-year-old who was struck by a car on a pedestrian crossing and died in hospital.

More than 50 people turned out to the vigil held across the road from where the tragedy occurred to pay their respects and band together as a community.

"We are a community full of kids and we all know it could have been any one of us," Ms Holden said.

"We just wanted to show the families, the drivers and the emergency workers that we support them. And we also wanted to pull our community together."

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

An girl aged 8 received a non-life-threatening lower leg injury and was taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

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

There were a number of witnesses to the incident, including Nambour resident Deanne Pokarier's husband.

Ms Pokarier attended the vigil with her children.

"My husband was actually driving past when it happened. We have a six-year-old ourselves so it was all a little bit overwhelming and we thought we had to come down and pay our respects," she said.

"I think banding together shows that we care about each other."

As candles were passed around the crowd, Flametree Church pastor Stuart White said a prayer for the little girl and the families involved.

Pastor White said it was important for people to know they have support when tragedies like this occur.

"A lot of people saw and heard what happened because it was in such a visible place and so it's really important that people have a place to come together and grieve and find support with one another," he said. …

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