A woman who was badly injured in a hit-and-run incident which killed her four-year-old granddaughter has spent her birthday in hospital, two weeks after the crash.
Angela French was walking along Prescot Road, St Helens, with her granddaughter Violet-Grace Youens when a stolen car smashed into the pair and killed the youngster.
The 55-year-old was also badly injured in the collision and was taken to hospital where she has spent the last two weeks in a 鈥渟erious but stable鈥?condition.
Violet鈥檚 dad Glenn Youens wrote an emotional Facebook post on Angela鈥檚 birthday, which the family marked two days ago, and posted it alongside a photo of his family.
The touching words read: 鈥淗appy Birthday to this lady here. Nanni Angela.
鈥淧lease know Violet-Grace loves you so much and loved spending time with you and her grandad.
鈥淪he was always super excited to have a royal sleepover on Friday nights, at your house.
鈥淎nd we are and always will be truly grateful for everything you have ever done for us and Violet-Grace as a family and for taking all this pain you are going through right now so Violet-Grace didn鈥檛 have to. We love you loads xxx鈥?
The St Helens community united in an outpouring of grief over the incident leaving hundreds of teddy bears, flowers , balloons and messages at the scene on Prescot Road while those allegedly responsible appeared in court following emotional pleas for them to come home.
Thousands of tributes were posted to Violet-Grace after it was announced that she died in hospital.
Hundreds have also outlined their concerns on social media as to how Angela was getting on and were thinking of the heart break she would feel when she learns the fate of her young granddaughter.
Touching words were released by Violet-Grace鈥檚 mum in the days following the tragic incident and the Steve Prescot bridge was lit up violet in tribute.
Donations also flooded in for the family and after smashing its original goal in less than 24 hours, the fundraising revised to a target of £20,000 and well-wishers broke through that barrier too. You can find the page here .
The town鈥檚 Super League rugby club, its football team and a juice bar have all paid their respects too.
And a campaign to slow down the road where the incident took place has also been launched by family members.