Community members gathered for a candlelight vigil in Nambour the night of the accident.
Community members gathered for a candlelight vigil in Nambour the night of the accident.

'Heartbroken' elderly driver dies after killing child

THE elderly driver who fatally struck a six-year-old girl in a shopping centre carpark has died of a broken heart, says her husband, and her final words were: "I've killed a child and I don't want to live anymore.''

Miriam Grace Paton, 86, had been facing a count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death after the June 17 tragedy that claimed the life of Sunshine Coast schoolgirl Indie Armstrong.

Mrs Paton accidentally reversed her car into Indie, who had been on a pedestrian crossing with her seven-year-old sister, Lily, and their grandmother Sandy Bampton, 57.

Two days after the crash, Mrs Paton was admitted to Nambour Hospital with severe lower back pain and a "lumbar crush fracture".

She then developed pneumonia and missed her first court date on July 25, as well as subsequent mentions, the most recent on Friday last week.

Read the full story at the Courier Mail

Indie Armstrong died after being stuck in the carpark of a Nambour shopping centre. in June.
Indie Armstrong died after being stuck in the carpark of a Nambour shopping centre. in June.

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