Sharlotte Naglis was knocked down and killed as she walked home with her dad on Endon Road, Norton Green, Stoke-on-Trent
The family of a six-year-old who died when she was hit by a car feel they are not getting the answers they need from the police.
Sharlotte Naglis was knocked down and killed as she walked home with her dad on Endon Road, Norton Green, Stoke-on-Trent.
She died instantly in the incident, which happened on 19 June – the night before Father’s Day.
The driver of the vehicle which killed Sharlotte spent a number of weeks in hospital following the collision, according to StokeonTrentLive, but sources close to the family say the driver was released several weeks ago and has not yet been interviewed by officers.
It is also understood Sharlotte’s father, who suffered mild injuries as a result of the incident, was not asked by police to provide a statement for a number of weeks after his daughter’s death.
Staffordshire Police says it recognises it is “an upsetting and difficult time for all involved”.
But a friend of the Naglis family said the stress of not knowing what was going on was adding to their grief.
The friend said: “It’s been 15 weeks now since Sharlotte was knocked down and killed, but her family just don’t feel like they’re getting any answers from the police at all.
“We know the driver of the vehicle was injured and had been in hospital for some time, but that’s no longer the case and yet, as far as we’re being told, they’re still to interview him.
“Losing Sharlotte in such a horrific way has torn them apart, but the stress of not knowing what’s going on is adding to their pain immensely.”
Earlier this month, a preliminary inquest was held into Sharlotte’s death.
The coroner has said he expected a “significant update” from Staffordshire Police on the progress of the investigation, adding that it was his understanding “police are involved in a detailed inquiry for a potential consideration of a (prosecution) case”.
Staffordshire Police did not respond to questions about delays in taking statements, or what lines of enquiry it was following.
The force said: “Officers are in contact with Sharlotte’s family and we understand that this is an upsetting and difficult time for all involved.
“It is a serious and complex investigation and enquiries are continuing. We will provide updates once we are able to.”
Sharlotte’s family have described her as a “beautiful… always smiling” girl who was “loved by everyone that met her”.
In tribute to her, they said she was “so beautiful, full of life, always smiling, sassy, so brave and happy”.
They added: “Sharlotte just started her gymnastics classes which she loved and was shining so bright in. She was loved by everyone that met her, so caring and loving.
“Every night since she was born she would never sleep without holding her mum’s hand. There will never be another child like her for anyone who met her.
“She was taken so early from us and will never be forgotten.”