Tributes flow for Perth toddler Aurora Ellis, killed after tragic accident on Bayswater driveway

Kate RyanThe West Australian
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19-month-old Aurora Ellis.
Camera Icon19-month-old Aurora Ellis.

Tributes are flowing for 19-month-old Aurora Ellis, who tragically died on Sunday after being hit by a car in the driveway of her Bayswater home.

The toddler was killed after being struck by a four-wheel-drive reversing off Walter Road East on Saturday afternoon in what a family friend called a “tragic accident”.

It is understood she had wandered out on to the driveway and the driver had not seen her until it was too late.

Matt Rann, a long-time friend of Aurora’s parents Preston and Lara, said her death had left “her little family broken”.

According to Mr Rann, Mr Ellis described his daughter as “the little sun that shines so bright”.

“She was known as Dad’s little tradie assistant, he referred to her as, with her name meaning ‘goddess of the dawn,’ he referred to her as his little star, or his little sun, that shines so bright,” Mr Rann said.

“In Preston’s words, they’ve had sleepless nights, finding it hard to breathe. Feeling absolutely numb.”

The Bayswater driveway where the girl was struck by a car on Saturday.
Camera IconThe Bayswater driveway where the girl was struck by a car on Saturday. Credit: The West Australian

Mr Rann and his wife Michelle created a Go Fund Me page for their friends of more than 15 years to try and take some financial burden off the family.

“Preston and Lara are the most genuine, giving and caring people around and now it's our turn to help them in the most generous way we can,” the fundraiser read.

“This beautiful family need time to mourn and surround each other in love, without having the financial burdens of daily life and work commitments weighing on their minds.

“We are hoping to raise enough money to help them celebrate Aurora's life and help pay the bills so they can grieve together, for as long as is needed.”

Within 24-hours, more than $25,000 had been raised for the devastated family — more than doubling the fundraiser’s goal of $10,000.

This beautiful family need time to mourn and surround each other in love.

“I want Preston and Lara to know that they are loved, for them to know that we’re here, no matter what, whatever they need,” Mr Rann told The West Australian.

“I can’t even begin to understand or appreciate what they’re going through at the moment, so any kind of financial pressure that we can relieve, it’s one less thing that they have to worry about.”

Mr Rann said the grieving father didn’t want any other family to go through what they are going through.

“If he can raise awareness for it and save, in his words ‘another little person’s life’, then it’s job well done,” Mr Rann said.

“Any way that he can do that once he’s back to some sort of normality, whether or not that actually comes. But that’s his intention to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

To donate, head to: https://au.gofundme.com/f/baby-aurora-taken-too-soon

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