‘Short life of innocence & dreams’: Crash victim mourned – The London Free Press

The family of a seven-year old girl killed in a car crash north of London is asking mourners to mark her memory by donating teddy bears for children in need.

Police did not publicly identify the girl killed, but an online obituary named her as Aleiya Rose Hellowell-Hall. She was killed in a collision with a pickup truck at rural intersection northwest of London on Monday afternoon.

Her mother, the only other person in the vehicle, was taken to in hospital with serious injuries, but was released on Wednesday, police have said. There were five people in the pickup, all of whom suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The heart-wrenching obituary said Aleiya “shared her precious smiles freely during her short life of innocence and dreams.”

According to the obituary, Aleiya was an animal and bird lover from the day she was born and loved her two dogs, Ollie, a bichon-frise, and Lillie, a Goldendoodle who was her “dance partner” while enjoying her large playlist of songs.

Along with her mother, she is survived by her father Tom, four grandparents, great-grandparents and aunts and uncles.

A visitation will take place at on Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at M. Box & Son Funeral Home Parkhill.

Sunday, another visitation will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the North Middlesex Community Centre, in Parkhill, followed by a service conducted by Rev. Mark Isaac. Aleiya’s classmates and friends are invited to bring drawings and cards to the visitation.

The family is requesting stuffed teddy bears be brought and collected during the time of the visitation and service. The bears will be handed to the local emergency services to give comfort to children in a time of need.

Additional donations in Aleiya’s name may be made to the Diabetes Association or the Canadian Cancer Society.