Mum whose daughter, 1, was killed after being run over by neighbour’s car says she’ll ‘never forget her screams’

A DEVASTATED mum says she'll never forget the screams of her one-year-old girl who died after being run over by a neighbour's car.

Abbey Vella is haunted by the memory of seeing her "perfect" baby, Amelia, dying on the driveway in Sydney, Australia.



The pair had been outside their townhouse complex when Amelia was run over by a 4X4.

The Daily Telegraph said that Abbey had been closing her car windows when the horrific accident occurred in Blacktown, western Sydney, on October 20.

Abbey said: “I will never forget the sound of my baby girl screaming out for the last time – only a metre away from me but by the time I got there she was already gone.”

Her "entire family" is 'heartbroken' and will never forget the "beautiful girl", she added.

Abbey said that Amelia "was the most perfect little girl the world has ever known.

"She was and always will be so loved by everyone that was ever blessed with her presence."

Paramedics found Amelia in a critical condition, and she was later pronounced dead at Westmead Children's Hospital.

Abbey's neighbour, 40, was treated for shock before being taken to Blacktown Hopsital for mandatory drug and alcohol testing.

Given local anger over the fatality, the girl's family has asked fellow residents to show the neighbour compassion.


One relative explained that the family was friends with the driver and his family.

They would enjoy games nights regularly, and – tragically – even celebrated Father's Day in September.

Amelia's grandma said Abbey had been talking to her neighbour, and neither realised that Amelia had wandered on to the nearby driveway.

When her neighbour accidentally drove over the girl, he had at first assumed a toy had been left on the driveway – and was devastated to find out that Amelia had been struck by his 4X4.

The child was "the youngest of a large blended family" who had "the world in front of her", said Abbey.

Amelia loved her family, and enjoyed FaceTiming them when they weren't around, the mum added.

The girl's grandmother paid tribute to the happy and cheeky youngster who enjoyed dancing.

A New South Wales Police spokeswoman said the driver has not been charged.

An investigation is continuing, and a report is being organised for the coroner.

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