Heartbroken family pay tribute to ‘priceless gift’ daughter, six, killed when van crashed into pedestrians as boy, 14, and girl, 13, remain in hospital

Heartbroken family pay tribute to ‘priceless gift’ daughter, six, killed when van crashed into pedestrians as boy, 14, and girl, 13, remain in hospital

  • Millie Gribble, 6, tragically died from her injuries after crash in Lancashire 

By Daniel Fessahaye

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A heartbroken family paid tribute to their daughter, six, who they described as a ‘priceless gift’ after she was killed following a van crashing into pedestrians with two teens injured in hospital. 

Six-year-old Millie Gribble tragically died from her injuries after she was involved in a crash between a van and pedestrians in Barton, which is a village in Preston, Lancashire on Tuesday.

Two other children, a boy aged 14 and a girl aged 13, suffered less serious injuries but remain in hospital for treatment.

Lancashire Police said that a 59-year-old man from the area was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

However the suspect has been released under investigation while police enquiries continue.

Millie Gribble, 6, was killed after a van crashed into pedestrians in Barton, which is a village in Preston, Lancashire

In an emotional tribute, Millie’s family described her as a ‘priceless gift to us all’

In an emotional tribute Millie’s family said: ‘Millie was not only an amazing little girl, she was a precious daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend but most importantly she was a priceless gift to us all.

‘There are no words to describe how much Millie was loved and how her loss has affected everyone who knew her.

‘Millie loved spending precious time with family and friends. She had a passion for playing football, swimming, going on new adventures and was a big fan of music and YouTube.

‘Millie loved her pets, her hamster Fang, her brother’s cat Mia and her 14-week-old puppy Duke her little sidekick.

‘Millie had so many great qualities; she was kind, caring, funny, clever, energetic and full of life. Millie loved being part of a big family and talked about having her own family one day. Millie wanted to be a police officer when she grew up so she could help and support those people who needed it.

Lancashire Police said that a 59-year-old man from the area was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, however the suspect has been released under investigation while police enquiries continue

Millie’s family also added: ‘she wanted to be a police officer when she grew up so she could help and support those people who needed it’

‘In her short 6 years of life she brought so much joy to all our hearts and so many smiles to our faces. We will always cherish the memories we have with Millie for the rest of our lives.

‘Whenever Millie entered a room she would never fail to light it up like she did with all our hearts.

‘Millie never failed to make us laugh and smile with her mischievous antics and adorable sense of humour.

‘Millie was such a happy little girl who will be eternally missed by her family and friends and all who knew her.

‘Millie you may be gone Sweetheart but you will never be forgotten. We hope you are flying with the angels in peace.

‘Love you always with all our hearts Mummy and Daddy XXXX’

Lancashire Police added: ‘we are continuing to appeal for witnesses or anyone with information, dashcam or mobile footage to get in touch.

‘If you think you can help please email SCIU@lancashire.police.uk or call 101, quoting log 733 of August 15, 2023.’

Heartbroken family pay tribute to ‘priceless gift’ daughter, six, killed when van crashed into pedestrians as boy, 14, and girl, 13, remain in hospital