Devastated parents paid tribute to their ‘princess’, after their five-year-old daughter was killed in a tragic road accident.
Andrea Gada, of Downland Close, Eastbourne, passed away on Wednesday night at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, South London.
She was hit by a car on Friday Street on Tuesday afternoon at 3.15pm, when she was walking home from school with her dad and brother.
Her parents Wellington and Charity Gada, and her brothers Takura, 16, and Victor, eight, paid tribute to her.
Dad Wellington said, “She is all over the house, in the pictures. She is the princess. She ruled the whole house. I am going to miss her, she’s such an inspiration to me.
“I was learning a lot from her about love. Each night before she went to bed we’d get a kiss and a hug.”
They said how Andrea loved princesses, and the film Frozen. Her favourite song was Let it Go, and she dressed up as character Elsa at a party recently.
“She could play Frozen for hours and hours,” said Charity.
Wellington said Andrea loved Christmas, and last year, she encouraged the family to buy a Christmas tree and decorate it.
“We’re Christians and we celebrate Christmas,” he said. “She was the one last year who insisted for us to buy the Christmas tree.”
This year, she has asked for a television for Christmas, and she was so excited her parents gave her the gift early. She loved the gift, and spent her time watching her new television in her princess bed.
Her school, Shinewater Primary School, was another of Andrea’s passions, and she recently achieved recognition in the form of a special mention, and ‘butterflies’, which are merits at the school.
Charity said, “She was a clever girl, and loved attending Shinewater Primary School.
“She was writing her Christmas cards for her classmates, she wanted to put chocolate coins in each one.”
Andrea’s last words to her mother, were ‘Mum, goodnight, I love you’ before she went to sleep on Monday.
Charity had an exam at Canterbury University on Tuesday morning, and was planning to spend the evening with her family.
But she got home just moments before the accident.
“I had to say my goodbyes on the road on the floor,” said Charity.
Wellington, who was walking his daughter home from school with his son Victor, said, “We are just devastated, we are in pieces. No amount of words can express exactly how we are feeling.”
Headteacher at Shinewater Primary School Theresa Buttery said, “Andrea has been at Shinewater Primary School since her Nursery days.
“She was very popular and well known for her twinkly shoes and her helpfulness. We will all miss her cheery smile.
“Our thoughts are with the family and we are doing everything we can to support the children and staff, and the wider Shinewater community at this sad time.”