She was a little girl who loved spending time with her family and cherished her daily journey to the local ranch where “Horsey Love” would be waiting patiently for the carrots and apples she brought him.

And yesterday, 4-1/2-year-old Alexa Renee Middelaer was remembered by her family as a loving child who embraced life with vigour and zeal and took delight in everything she did.

The Delta girl died tragically last Saturday after an Oldsmobile, travelling northbound in the 4300-block 64th Street, careened off the road and plowed into her.

She had been standing on the shoulder of the road with her aunt, petting and feeding the horses she loved so much.

Police said the car, driven by a 56-year-old Delta woman, struck Alexa and her aunt, then smashed into the grandparents’ parked Honda before hitting a hydro pole.

The grandparents suffered minor injuries while Alexa and her aunt were medevaced to hospital, where the girl later died.

The aunt’s condition, initially listed as serious, has since been upgraded to stable. It is believed she suffered multiple broken bones.

Although charges have not been laid against the driver, it is believed alcohol and speed contributed to the crash. The posted speed limit is 50 km/h.

Reading from a statement prepared by the Middelaer family, Delta Police Const. Sharlene Brooks relayed the family’s grief over the sudden loss of their “cherub.”

As she did, pictures of a smiling Alexa flashed across a projection screen. One, entitled Princess Alexa, caught the beaming youngster dressed in a gown.

Saturday began perfectly, read the statement, with Alexa spending time with her favourite people and swimming in the family’s pool under a “magnificent” blue sky.

Then, accompanied by her aunt and grandparents, she made her daily trip to feed the horses -- her favourite, long ago having earned the nickname Horsey Love.

“Feeding Horsey Love was a perfect way to end a perfect day and a perfect life,” read the statement.

“She was a passionate, loving child and we feel blessed to have raised her for 4-1/2 years.”

Amid their grief, the family thanked the community for its support as well as the emergency crews who responded to the accident and treated the injured.

Knowledge that Alexa’s organs have been donated to three sick Canadian children gives them comfort and peace, they said.

“As a family, we have made a deliberate and conscious choice to look ahead and be inspired by our child,” the statement read.

“We believe that the power of Alexa’s spirit, and the incredible amount of support and love demonstrated by the community around us, are the real stories to share, both now and forever.”

Meanwhile, the investigation into the weekend accident remains ongoing, said Brooks, adding that the driver, who was treated in hospital for minor injuries, was issued a 24-hour driving suspension.

Brooks said it was too early to discuss potential charges and didn’t expect additional details to be released for some time.

A celebration of Alexa's life will be held Saturday at the Bell Centre for Performing Arts in Surrey. While the family appreciates all gifts and gestures of kindness, they encourage donations in Alexa’s name be made to the B.C. Children’s Hospital.



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