An elderly driver who hit and killed Queensland girl Indie Armstrong has died after telling her husband she could not live with her sorrow.
Miriam Grace Paton, 86, died in hospital on Wednesday after a long period of illness that followed the six-year-old girl’s death in a Sunshine Coast car park in June. She had been facing dangerous driving charges.
Ms Paton told her husband Stuart she did not have the will to fight the illness after struggling to come to terms with having killed the young girl.
“I’ve killed a child and I don’t want to live anymore”, she had told her husband, The Courier-Mail reports.
Indie Armstrong was waiting at a pedestrian crossing inside Nambour Mall shopping centre car park on June 17 with her mother, older sister and grandmother Sandy when the 86-year-old woman allegedly lost control of the car and hit them at speed while in reverse.
The North Arm primary school student, described as an enthusiastic, loving, friendly young girl, did not survive.
Her mother Emily Armstrong watched the catastrophic scene unfold but escaped injury, while Indie’s sister suffered a lower limb injury and was transported to the Sunshine Coast Hospital in a stable condition.
Local families attended a candlelight vigil for Indie, while flowers, teddy bears and handwritten messages were left at the site.
Indie was farewelled in a funeral on July 5 in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast.