A TWO-year-old girl died in a horror road accident when she was hit by a lorry.
Daenerys Crosbie was being taken to her Montessori school by her mum Carole-Anne when her pram was hit by the truck in Waterford.
Carole-Anne (30) suffered minor injuries and was said to be "inconsolable".
A family member said that they were all very upset and could not believe what had happened.
"I don't know what to say. It is absolutely shocking," he said.
The devastated young mum was treated for shock in University Hospital Waterford and was last night being comforted by her parents, Damien and Mairead.
"They are all very upset in the hospital," said the family member.
"She is inconsolable at the moment and in a state of shock."
The family is originally from Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, but locals said that Carole-Anne had moved to Dunmore East, Co Waterford, about six years ago.
The mother and child were on their way to a Montessori school when the accident happened on Manor Street, Waterford city, shortly after 10am.
The two-year-old was rushed to University Hospital Waterford and was pronounced dead on arrival.
It is believed she had suffered head injuries.
Gardai sealed off the scene yesterday as an investigation was carried out, but the road was later reopened.
Fine Gael councillor Michael Doran, from Leighlinbridge, said he is a friend of the family and it came as an awful shock.
"It is terribly sad to see this happen to a child so young," he said.
The accident brings to 174 the number of deaths on Irish roads, an increase of nine compared with this time last year.
While the number of drivers killed is down on last year's figure, there has been an increase in the number of pedestrians and cyclists who have lost their lives.
In all, 34 pedestrians have died in 2014, eight of them aged 14 or under.
Road Safety Authority CEO Moyagh Murdock said it is important that people remain wary of vulnerable road users.
"It is very worrying that we have seen an increase on 2013's figures," said Ms Murdock.
"The message going out is to tell drivers to drive responsibly and to take due care and drive at the appropriate speed for the road conditions.
"We have seen particularly bad weather with poor visibility of late so it is important that all motorists take care and that all pedestrians and cyclists take care."
Gardai in Waterford have appealed for witnesses to yesterday's incident to contact them.
Anyone with information is asked to call Waterford Garda Station on 051 305300 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.