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Toddler, 2, dies after being hit by father's car in Perth driveway accident

The family of a Perth toddler who died on Tuesday after being hit by a car being reversed by her father have thanked the community for the outpouring of love for their daughter, Savannah. 

"Savannah is now with her sister Gracie in heaven," the statement said.

Toddler's death devastates tight-knit Perth community

A two-year-old girl hit by a car in an Inglewood driveway has died in hospital. Vision courtesy of 9 News Perth.

The two-year-old girl was rushed to Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in a serious condition following the accident in Inglewood about 4.30pm but later died from her injuries, police say.

The family is devastated by the loss of Savannah.
The family is devastated by the loss of Savannah. 

In a statement, the family warned others about the dangers of reversing a car with children nearby and asked for privacy during this difficult time. 

On Wednesday, The West Australian reported tearful neighbours' accounts of hearing a scream outside the home and seeing a bloodstained T-shirt lying in the driveway. They described the toddler as a beautiful, energetic and happy girl. 

Normal road laws do not apply to private property incidents, meaning it is up to the coroner to provide a ruling following a Coronial Investigation Unit inquiry, a WA Police spokesman explained.  

Major Crash Squad officers were at the scene, but only to analyse the scene to provide information to the investigation unit. 

The tragic scene in Inglewood.
The tragic scene in Inglewood. Photo: Seven News Perth

Fact sheets produced by Kidsafe WA say that one child, often a toddler, is run over in the driveway of its own home every week in Australia and that more than a third of children under six killed in car accidents were killed in yards, car parks and driveways. 

AAP with Emma Young

One driver in a stolen ute tried to evade police.
One driver in a stolen ute tried to evade police. Photo: Supplied