A family in Marchand, Man., is grieving the death of four-year-old Zoey Allan, who died this week after the all-terrain vehicle she was riding on flipped backwards while going up a hill.
"We are heartbroken," her grandmother, Lydia Empringham, wrote in a statement that was approved by the girl's mother, Charity McCorrister.
"Zoey had an amazing smile and bright eyes that not only lite up the room but made you feel like all was truly right in the world. She had it going on and shared it freely."
The rollover happened Wednesday afternoon just off of Twin River Road and Provincial Road 210 near Marchand, a small community about 70 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg.
Zoey was riding on the vehicle with her father, Bradley Allan, who told police she was seated in front of him. The ATV flipped back onto both of them before continuing to roll down the hill, RCMP said.
Allan took Zoey to hospital in Steinbach, Man., but she later died from her injuries.
Bradley Allan was not injured. The girl was wearing a helmet, said police.
Alcohol is not considered a factor, RCMP added.
Lewis Weiss, reeve of the Rural Municipality of La Broquerie, said while he does not know the family personally, he and the entire community are grieving their loss.
"These are always tragedies, no matter where they happen, but when they happen in your own community, it's that's much worse," he said.
Read the full statement
Lydia Empringham, grandmother of Zoey Allan, submitted the following statement to CBC News on Thursday night:
We are heartbroken.
Zoey had an amazing smile and bright eyes that not only lite up the room but made you feel like all was truly right in the world. She had it going on and shared it freely.
Zoey was all about fun and games and family. Guess what guess what... Chicken butt followed by a torrent of laughter was her favorite joke. She loved yogurt, ice tea, dirt biking, quading and the beach!
Almost everyone that met her commented about how special she was. She was always game for an adventure.
I am forever thankful to have been gifted with her presence even for such a short while. She was our angel now with the angels and will be adored and missed forever.