In a tragic incident, a 1.5-year-old toddler Rishwika Salibindla has died after her father accidentally reversed over his SUV as he was leaving for the supermarket.
Rishwika’s uncle Joseph Salibindla told The Daily Telegraph that she was a “very sweet and cheeky niece.” He described this as “a terrible accident” which allegedly occurred as the toddler’s dad was reversing out of the driveway on his way to the supermarket.
“It is just heartbreaking. We can’t believe what has happened.”
It is reported that Rishwika’s father 41-year-old Joseph Reddy Salibindla backed into her unknowingly in Sydney’s northwest on Friday just before 5.30 pm.
Mr Salibindla had hopped into his Audi SUV to go to the local supermarket. He was unaware that his one-year-old daughter had followed him out the door.
It is reported that he allegedly reversed his SUV over Rishwika unaware that she was behind the vehicle. Mr Salibindla exited the vehicle to check only to find Rishwika covered in blood.
Rishwika’s mother Sravanthi Thirumalareddy and her two brothers were inside the home at the time of the incident.
Mr Salibindla attempted to keep Rishwika alive until paramedics rushed to the scene. However, they were unable to save the little girl.
As the news spread, it was further reported that the mourning family members gathered at the scene shortly after the incident.
Rishwika’s mother spent hours looking at the scene of the tragic accident as family members and locals comforted the devastated mum.
Her family members told 9News they were “completely heartbroken”:
“Her mother is inconsolable. It’s every family’s worst nightmare, but they come from a big church community and are supporting each other.”
A GoFundMe organised by a friend of the family is also raising money for the “beautiful” little girl’s memorial.
“The family, relatives and friends are in great shock. Your generosity will support the family in funeral, memorial services and related expenses.”
After the incident, Rishwika’s distraught father was seen by witnesses sobbing into the arms of one of his relatives.
He was taken to Parramatta police station for mandatory testing, questioning, and assisting officers with their enquiries.
No charges have been laid and investigations into the incident are ongoing.
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