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‘My beautiful baby’: Family shattered after little girl hit by car dies

A three-year-old girl has died in hospital after she was struck by a car on the Gold Coast on Sunday.Luna Matenga was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital after she was hit while trying to cross Goldmine Road at Ormeau, but she died on Tuesday night.Luna’s mother Jessica Feeney paid tribute to her “beautiful…

A three-year-old girl has died in hospital after she was struck by a car on the Gold Coast on Sunday.

Luna Matenga was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital after she was hit while trying to cross Goldmine Road at Ormeau, but she died on Tuesday night.

Luna’s mother Jessica Feeney paid tribute to her “beautiful baby girl” on social media.

“Unfortunately at 9.03pm on the 22nd of December we let our beautiful baby girl go, surrounded by her family in the arms of her mummy and daddy!” she wrote.

“Our hearts are completely broken … Fly high my gorgeous blue eyed, red headed unicorn!

“Ride those dragons baby … until we meet again!”

Almost $50,000 was raised for the Queensland family in less than 24 hours while Luna fought for life on Tuesday.

That amount had increased to $73,573 on Wednesday, with family friend Clare Hamilton initially starting the GoFundMe campaign with the goal of reaching $30,000.

She said the aim of the campaign was to help the Matenga family “alleviate any stress they have about money”.

“If this situation has taught us anything it’s that money is nothing and time is everything,” she said.

“We never thought this would happen to anyone, let alone someone so close to us.”

Police say it is believed the three-year-old crossed the road in between two parked vehicles and was hit by a Toyota Corolla travelling northbound about 9am.

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