The father of a six-year-old girl who was killed when they were struck by a car while walking down the street has paid tribute to 'the loveliest little girl ever'.
The young girl named Sharlotte was hit by the car which mounted the pavement in Norton Green, Stoke-on-Trent, at around 7.15pm last night.
Despite the best efforts of passers-by, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her father was treated for injuries but has left hospital to visit the road where people have been leaving flowers in tribute.
A six-year-old girl was killed and her father was injured after they were struck by a car while walking down Endon Road in Norton Green, Stoke-on-Trent, at around 7.15pm last night. Pictured: Flowers were laid in tribute at the scene this morning
The man, in his 30s, who didn't wish to be named, was accompanied by two friends and could be seen completely inconsolable and sobbing.
Stood only a minute away from the crash scene by his home he said: 'Sharlotte was the most loveliest little girl ever.
'I can't say anything else right now it's too hard.'
The driver of the car is being treated for a head injury.
Staffordshire Police are now appealing for any witnesses to the incident which happened on Endon Road.
Mourners have left messages reading 'rest in peace little one' and 'RIP angel' at the scene of the crash today
Inspector Lee Robinson urged people not to speculate about the incident and appealed for CCTV or dashcam footage.
He said: 'We do not yet understand fully what has happened and so I'd urge people to avoid the area while we investigate and please not to speculate as to the circumstances.
'However, I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident, or may have CCTV or dashcam footage to get in touch and assist our enquiries.
'The girl's family will be supported by specially trained officers and our thoughts are with them at this time.'
Staffordshire Police are now appealing for any witnesses to the incident which happened on Endon Road. Pictured: The scene of the crash
Resident today laid flowers at the scene in tribute to the girl.
In a statement police said: 'We are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened at around 7.15pm in Endon Road.
'The girl and her father were reportedly struck by a car as they were walking along Endon Road.
'Despite the best efforts of passers-by the girl, aged six, was pronounced dead at the scene.'
Anyone with information is being asked to contact the police on 101 or via social media referring to incident 716 of June 19.