THE FAMILY of a little girl who died after colliding with a van in Tintagel have spoken of their shock at the loss of a "beautiful daughter".
Two-year-old Holly Young died from head injuries following a collision with a delivery van in Molesworth Street, Tintagel, just before noon on Tuesday last week.
She was airlifted to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, where she was pronounced dead.
It is understood that the shock of the incident also caused the van driver to have a serious medical episode and he was later also flown to hospital by a second air ambulance.
The driver, aged 52 and working for a firm based in Wadebridge, was kept in hospital overnight but discharged the following day.
Holly's parents, who live close to 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."
The Tintagel community was left in a state of shock following the tragedy.
Roger Wickett, chairman of Tintagel Parish Council, said it was a very sad time for the village.
"As a community we are deeply shocked," 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 the 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 are feeling for him because he is such a nice bloke," she said.
The family, who had moved to Tintagel from Delabole about three years ago, was mentioned in prayers at churches and chapels in 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.
An inquest into her death is to be opened in Plymouth.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision and in particular anyone who was walking or driving in the area at the time who can recollect seeing a young woman walking with a pushchair accompanied by a small toddler.
Any witnesses are asked to contact police on 101.