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Six-Year-Old Girl Dies After Mother Hits Her With Her Car

14/08/2014 12:30 BST | Updated 18/08/2014 11:59 BST

The family of a six-year-old girl who died after being hit by a car being driven by her mother said they are "coming to terms with this terrible accident".

The mother was attempting to park the car outside Hounslow West tube station in south-west London at around 9.40am today when she struck Bolutito Shodipe.

British Transport Police said officers and London Ambulance Service paramedics tried to resuscitate Bolutito at the scene but she was later pronounced dead at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington.

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Bolutito Shodipe died after being hit by a car being driven by her mother

A family statement released by police said: "Bolutito was our eldest daughter and no-one could have asked for a better daughter.

"She was a beautiful, well behaved, girl who loved ballet and who will be sorely missed by all of us.

"This is an extremely upsetting time for us and we ask that we be given the respect and space to grieve and to come to terms with this terrible accident."

DCI Iain Miller of British Transport Police said detectives are working to determine how the incident occurred.

He said: "Our officers attended, alongside colleagues from the Metropolitan Police Service and London Ambulance Service, and discovered a child - a six-year-old girl - had sustained fatal injuries having been struck by a car being driven by her mother.

"It is clear that both mother and child arrived together in the car park and the accident occurred during a parking manoeuvre.

"Specialist officers are now providing full support to the girl's family whilst detectives are working to determine exactly how the incident occurred."