Sharlotte Naglis, 6, died after being struck by a car on Saturday evening (Image: Staffordshire Police / SWNS.COM)

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The family of a six-year-old girl who tragically died after being hit by a car have paid a heartbreaking tribute to their "always smiling, beautiful" girl.

Sharlotte Naglis and her father were struck by a car whilst walking on Endon Road, Norton, Stoke-on-Trent last night at 7.15pm.

Her family have now released a touching tribute in memory of the little girl as the first photo of her has emerged.

They said: “Sharlotte was so beautiful, full of life, always smiling, sassy, so brave and happy.

“Sharlotte had just started her gymnastics classes which she loved and was shining so bright in.

“She was loved by everyone that met her, so caring and loving.

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Tributes have been left to Sharlotte, who died at the scene
(Image: SWNS)

“Every night since she was born she would never sleep without holding her mum’s hand.

“There will never be another child like her for anyone who met her.

"She was taken so early from us and will never be forgotten."

A police sign remains on the street where the incident took place
(Image: SWNS)

Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision or anyone who saw a blue Skoda Rapid in the area yesterday evening.

Her father received treatment at the scene for injuries.

The 44-year-old driver of the car is being treated in hospital for injuries sustained in the collision.

The scene in Norton Green's Endon Road on Saturday evening

Sergeant Rich Moors, of the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigations Unit, urged witnesses to come forward.

He said: “We’re continuing to investigate and understand fully what happened last night. We’d urge anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage, or who witnessed the collision or saw a blue Skoda in the area to get in touch with us.

“Again, we’d kindly urge people not to speculate as to the circumstances.

“Sharlotte’s family are being supported by specially trained officers. Our thoughts are with them all at this time.”

Anyone with information should contact us on 101 or via social media or [email protected] referring to incident 716 of June 19.