A man who has lost all hope after his four-year-old daughter’s sudden death in a car crash has spoken of her life-changing impact.
The life-long dad of two has had to bury his daughter Ashleigh in a rural area near his home in Gurgaon, about 150km (100 miles) south of Delhi, after her body was found by the side of the road.
The father, who has been working as a driver in Delhi for nearly two decades, said he had to carry Ashleigh to hospital after her death and carry her coffin back to his home, where he was unable to attend her funeral.
He said he was devastated to hear about her death, adding that it was not the first time he had lost his daughter to an accident.
“I am a father who is in need of a wife, but it is impossible for me to have a wife because she will always be a mother,” he said.
Ashleigh, who was in the care of her grandmother for the past 18 months, was driving on a road near Gurgaons residence when she went over the speed limit and hit a pothole.
She then slammed into the back of a truck and crashed head-on into a house on a narrow lane.
“My daughter had no history of any accidents, she was always a quiet child and never made any fuss,” he added.
Ashlee’s death has shattered his family and his dreams of becoming a lawyer.
His daughter Ashyla died after falling into a drain pipe in the Gurgaonian village of Mahabali.
Ashyla, who had been on her way to a job interview, was found dead in the driver’s seat of the truck she was travelling in on December 25.
Her body was later found in a field a kilometre away from the spot where she was killed.
“Ashleigh was an outgoing person who was a wonderful daughter, she loved to play with the children and even enjoyed cooking.
She had a big smile, she did not want to be late for school,” his sister, a nurse at a hospital in Gwalior, said.
The family was told that Ashleigh was at her parents home when she was found.
His family is still trying to track down her parents and family members.
“We will continue to keep searching for answers and hope that she will be found alive, so that her family can move forward with their lives,” he lamented.
A relative said that Ashylah was a very intelligent girl who had already been to a vocational school and worked for an auto parts shop.
The hospital in the town where Ashleigh died has a makeshift memorial for her in the yard.
Her body has been cremated in a specialised mortuary in the village of Thakurwar.
“It was an accident and a tragedy, but I am so proud of her for everything she did.
It is a big loss to the family, I can’t imagine her living any other way,” his relative said.