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Van driver's shock over Holly Young's death

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

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  • TRIBUTES: Flowers and teddy bears have been left at the scene by the people of Tintagel in honour of Holly Young, aged 2. Inset: Emergency services at the site of the fatal incident.

  • TRAGIC SCENE: Police block the street in Tintagel after the accident in which a little girl died last week.

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A VAN driver from a company based near Wadebridge who was involved in an incident in which a little girl died had to be flown to hospital in a state of shock.

Two-year-old Holly Young died from head injuries after being airlifted to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, following a collision with a delivery van in Molesworth Street, Tintagel, just before noon on Tuesday of last week.

The shock of the accident caused the 52-year-old van driver to have what was described as a serious medical episode, and he was flown to hospital by a second air ambulance.

The man, who had been driving a a van belonging to a Cornish coffee company based near St Issey, was kept in hospital overnight and discharged the following day.

Holly's parents, who live with their family about 200 yards along the road from the scene of the incident, said in a statement: "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."

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 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 knew the driver.

"We're feeling for him because he's such a nice bloke," she said.

Holly's family, who had moved to Tintagel from Delabole about three years ago, were mentioned in prayers offered at churches and chapels around the area on Sunday.

Flowers and teddy bears were placed at the scene.

Witnesses said the two-year-old had been walking with her elder sister and her younger sister, who was in a buggy, when the incident occurred.

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

Any witnesses are being asked to call police on 101.

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