The whānau of a 20-month-old who died after being hit by a vehicle exiting a driveway was already grieving the loss of a stillborn baby.

Azalea-Reign Kiani May Samuel died in hospital yesterday after being hit by a vehicle in a driveway in the Far North Town of Kaitaia.

After being rushed to hospital by her parents on Thursday afternoon with “critical injuries”, the child was flown to Auckland’s Starship Hospital for specialist care. She succumbed to her injuries yesterday morning.

Her family has now set up a givealittle page where they paid tribute to the toddler but also revealed they were grieving the loss of a stillborn baby.

The money is to cover the costs of Azalea-Reign’s funeral.

“On the 5th December 2023, our beautiful cousin Tuhiata returned to Kaitaia to bury her precious baby daughter Cartier, who was sadly stillborn. This was an absolutely heartbreaking time for our family,” the page reads.

“Tuhiata decided to remain in Kaitaia for a month after burying Cartier, where she would have family support. Support is all we could offer to help her navigate her way through the pain of losing a child.

Then, the “unthinkable” happened.

“Tuhiata’s only remaining child, her beautiful 20-month-old baby girl Azalea-Reign, was accidentally run over and passed away early hours this morning of a brain bleed after being flown to Star Ship Hospital in Auckland.”

They said the family was “simply without words to express the tremendous loss we feel”.

“To lose one child is unimaginable – however, our beautiful, kind-hearted cousin has lost both her children within 4 weeks of each other. Our family is broken, and our hearts are heavy.

“Words can’t describe how unfair this is.”

Azalea-Reign will be brought to her home in Ahipara, Northland, from Auckland, where she will be laid to rest with her sister.

“Azalea-Reign was such a blessing, a true gift from god.

“A beautiful ray of sunshine who had such an incredible soul.”

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