A GRIEVING family paid tribute to a brave father who tried to save his two-year-old ‘princess’ daughter’s life.
Toddler Olivia Feasey died after she was struck by a car on Bradford Road outside the entrance to Wellholme Park, Brighouse, on Sunday at lunchtime.
The family had been packing up their car after a trip to the park when Olivia, known as Livvy, moved away from the vehicle.
Her dad Mark Feasey, 33, of Bailiff Bridge, had scooped up the toddler in his arms when he too was hit by a VW Passat travelling towards Brighouse town centre.
Mark, a designer, suffered serious head injuries in the accident.
But yesterday his parents Lee and Bob Feasey, of Southowram, said their son was making steady progress at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Livvy’s grandfather Mike Mollet, 53, of Rastrick, paid tribute to his son-in-law.
Mr Mollet said: "He put himself in danger to save his daughter. He’s a very brave lad. It’s what any parent would have done."
He added: "We’ve had some fantastic support from everyone. Everyone wants to be there and the hospital have allowed more leeway. But at this time we need it and Mark needs the support. We’re all grieving in different ways."
Yesterday Livvy’s mother and Mark’s wife Hayley, 28, said: "Livvy was our princess. She touched everybody..."
"She was always a smiling, happy kind of child.
"We want to thank all the staff at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary."
She also thanked those who had helped after the accident.
Hayley, who has a five-month-old son with Mark called Addison, said: "There were some fantastic people looking after my baby in the car.
"There was a man at the scene who stayed with me and Livvy and a lady who stayed with Addison.
"We’ve had tributes from people who know us and people who don’t. It’s nice people are thinking of us."
She added: "We’re a very close family and there’s a lot of love.
"Mark’s a bit better. He’s talking and laughing and trying to eat. It hasn’t sunk in with him yet."
Yesterday friends and neighbours on the Bailiff Bridge estate where the family moved two years ago paid their respects.
Neighbour James Marshall, 27, said: "The dad is a really nice guy. He always used to give us a wave and so did his daughter.
"She just looked like a normal happy two-year-old. It really upset me when I heard about the accident.
"We drove down the road five minutes before the accident and it really made you think it could have been you."
One friend of the family, who did not want to be named, said he had been "devastated" by the accident.