Parents pay tribute to 'little angel' Lily killed in 4x4 accident
Lily MacCluskey died in hospital after the accident on Hillside Road in the town at 4pm on Tuesday.
The parents of a two-year-old girl who died after being hit by a 4x4 on Tuesday have said she will “live on in their hearts forever”.
Lily MacCluskey died in hospital after the accident on Hillside Road, Portlethen, at around 4pm on Tuesday.
She was taken to the Sick Children's Hospital in Aberdeen by ambulance but doctors were unable to save her life.
Her parents Elaine Guthrie and Gary MacCluskey said: "Firstly we would like to thank everyone, from the lady that attempted CPR, the police officers, the first responder doctor, ambulance service, hospital staff and everyone else involved for their efforts in trying to save our little angel.
"The kind words, flowers and teddies left by our tree at our home in Portlethen will remain with us forever as we try to come to terms with the tragic accident which resulted in the loss of our Lily.
"We could not hope to put into words how we feel at this very sad time in our lives but the support of our friends and family will, we are sure, eventually help us through.
“We are devastated at the loss of Lily at such a young age but she will live on in our hearts forever as she was, as we are sure every child is to their parents, our shining light.
"Night, night baby we will always love you and will never forget you, love mama and dada."
The first person to lay flowers at the scene of the incident was a family friend who declined to be named.
She said: "We're absolutely distraught at what's happened here. I know the mother well and I wanted to lay some flowers down to pay respect.
"It wasn't the driver's fault, it's just a tragic accident. I can't begin to imagine the pain the family and the driver must be going through just now.
"And the whole community is just devastated at what has happened. It's such a quiet, peaceful area."
Neighbour Frank Malikebu said he was shocked when he came home to see chaos unfolding on the street.
He said: "I was coming home after picking up my son from Portlethen Academy.
"It was chaotic on the street and I saw two women giving what looked like first aid. One of the women then made some phone calls.
"A few minutes later the police and paramedics arrived.
"It was very shocking to see and I was so sorry for the family when I heard she later died."
Some people took to social media sites including Twitter and Facebook to post messages of condolence.
Aberdeen FC goalkeeper Jamie Langfield wrote on Twitter: “My heart goes out to the family from Portlethen who lost their little girl. Truly heartbreaking.”
Grampian Police is appealing for anyone who witnessed the accident to contact the force.
Inspector Ian Kirkwood said: "Tragically a young girl has lost her life as a result of the incident. Her parents have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time.
"It is too early to speculate on the cause of the collision and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or its immediate aftermath, and who has not yet spoken with Police, to contact us soon as possible."
Anyone with any information can contact police on 101.
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