A six-year-old girl has died after being hit by a car driven by her own mother.
Bolutito Shodipe was struck outside Hounslow West tube station in south-west London just before 9:40am on Wednesday.
Police said her pair had arrived together at the station car park and that her mother had been trying to park the car when she was hit.
Paramedics and police officers tried to resuscitate her, but she was pronounced dead at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
In a statement released through the police, her family said: “Bolutito was our eldest daughter and no-one could have asked for a better daughter.
“She was a beautiful, well behaved, girl who loved ballet and who will be sorely missed by all of us.
“This is an extremely upsetting time for us and we ask that we be given the respect and space to grieve and to come to terms with this terrible accident.”
Detective chief inspector Iain Miller of the British Transport Police said his officers were trying to understand how the incident had happened.
He said: “Our officers attended, alongside colleagues from the Metropolitan Police Service and London Ambulance Service, and discovered a child – a six-year-old girl – had sustained fatal injuries having been struck by a car being driven by her mother.
“It is clear that both mother and child arrived together in the car park and the accident occurred during a parking manoeuvre.
“Specialist officers are now providing full support to the girl’s family whilst detectives are working to determine exactly how the incident occurred.”