Funeral for tipper truck girl

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Published: Monday 23rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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The funeral of a four-year-old girl who died after being struck by a 32-tonne tipper truck will take place this afternoon.

Mitzi Rosanna Steady and three men were killed by the Scania truck on Lansdown Lane in Upper Weston, Bath, Somerset, just after 4pm on February 9.

The red truck carrying sand and gravel first hit Mitzi, from Bath, and her grandmother, who remains in a critical condition in Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

It went on to collide with a number of other vehicles on the road before overturning on to a Volvo at the bottom of the hill, killing the three men inside.

They were Robert Parker, 59, from Cwmbran, electricity company director Philip Allen, 52, and taxi driver Stephen Vaughan, 34, both from Swansea.

Avon and Somerset Police arrested driver Philip Potter, 19, on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and manslaughter by gross negligence.

A 28-year-old man, believed to be Mr Potter’s boss, was also arrested on suspicion of causing manslaughter by gross negligence on Tuesday morning.

Both men have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

In a statement issued through police, Mitzi’s parents said the funeral of their “darling daughter” would be held at Bath Abbey at 1pm today.

“All those that knew her or have been touched by her short life in some way are welcome,” they said.

“We would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all those who helped the injured at the scene of the accident and have looked after our family, and the other families involved, since then.”

Mourners are asked to donate to road safety charity Brake through a JustGiving page in memory of Mitzi as an alternative to flowers.

The page, which was set up by her family last Sunday, has already raised more than £12,500 after hundreds of donations.

“We thank you for all of the kind words and donations to date, they give us strength,” her family added.

The widow of Mr Vaughan, from Penyrheol, near Gorseinon, Swansea, and who ran luxury taxi firm EliteXecutive Travel, said she was “devastated”.

“Steve was infectious – when he smiled, the whole room would smile,” Mrs Vaughan said.

“Myself, Steve’s parents and family are very proud of the man he was, a true gentleman and we were so privileged to have been a part of his life.

“We are devastated that he was taken away from us so soon. We had only been married six months and I was honoured that he chose me to be his wife.”

Father-of-two Mr Allen, who lived in Loughor, Swansea, with wife Caroline was a resources and external affairs director for Cardiff-based Western Power Distribution.

Relatives comforting Mrs Allen, 53, said she was too distressed to speak to the media following his death.

Around 400 residents attended an hour-long prayer service for the victims at All Saints Church, Weston, last week.

Children, parents and grandparents lit candles and used colourful pens to write messages of condolence on white fabric.

Bereavement counselling was offered to children at Weston All Saints Primary School, some of whom witnessed the collision.

The donation page can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/MitziSteady.

Published: Monday 23rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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