TRIBUTES have been paid to a three-year-old girl who died after being hit by a motorbike.
The family of Billie King last night described her as their ‘little princess’.
It comes as people gathered to lay floral tributes and teddy bears at the accident scene in Hamble Road, Bursledon.
In a statement the family of Billie, from Burseldon, said: ‘We are absolutely heartbroken at the loss of our beautiful little princess Billie.
‘She made friends with everyone she met and her smile could light up the darkest room.
‘We would like to thank everyone for all the kindness and support that they have shown our family at this devastating time.
‘Billie was a gorgeous girl just beginning to blow the bubbles of life. She will be deeply missed.’
Billie’s auntie, Lucinda McIntosh, 32, from Gosport, visited the scene yesterday morning to lay some flowers.
In a tearful tribute, she said: ‘She was a beautiful little girl. She’s going to be missed by everybody. They’re a beautiful family and fantastic parents. She loved her singing. She was always smiling.’
Billie was crossing the road with her family when she was hit by a blue Honda CBP600 motorcycle at 7pm on Thursday.
A 38-year-old man from Eastleigh was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was bailed until July 11 pending further inquiries.
Lianna Deacon, 32, from Cliff Avenue, Hamble, said: ‘It’s so close to home, it’s upsetting. I was driving by this morning and I was in tears. It’s a horrendous thing to have happened, especially on your doorstep.’
Helen Wren, 34, from Oak Road, added: ‘The thought just goes through your head of what the family are going through. Everyone I have spoken to is in shock. My heart goes out to the family.’
Witnesses are asked to call Sgt Andy Lynch on 101.