– They were hit by stolen Ford Focus being chased by police cars
– Around 20 passers-by helped lift vehicle off the 13-year-old girls
– Their brother and aunt unfortunately were killed
Niyah and Yayhla McDermott, 13, were pinned to the ground when the stolen car being chased by police ploughed into them on their way to a park, killing their aunt and little brother.
Fortunately, dozens of people who had witnessed the horrific incident came together to lift the black Ford Focus off them so they could crawl out – allowing the girls to escape.
Their 10-year-old brother Makaya McDermott, a child actor who only last week had auditioned for a new TV series set in the 1950s, did not survive in the incident happened in Penge, East London.
Their aunt Rosie Cooper, 36, who also died at the scene, was said to have been out with the three children and her own daughter, aged about seven, when they were hit by a vehicle.
Ms Cooper’s daughter suffered major leg injuries, screaming “I can't feel my legs” under the car.
All three girls were taken to hospital and remained there, while the driver of Ford, 23, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and theft of a vehicle.