The heart-broken father of a nine-year-old girl who died following a collision on the North Devon Link Road on Sunday has paid tributes to his ‘little princess’ Keira.

The father of a nine-year-old girl killed in a collision on the North Devon Link Road has paid tribute to his 'princess'.

Keira Ball was a passenger in a Vauxhall Vectra when it was in collision with a Ford Ranger 4x4 on Sunday morning near West Buckland.

Her mother Loanna and brother Brad, aged seven, are still in hospital in a serious condition.

Police confirmed Keira died yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon.

Tributes have been paid to Keira Ball, aged nine, who died in a collision on the North Devon Link Road on Sunday.Tributes have been paid to Keira Ball, aged nine, who died in a collision on the North Devon Link Road on Sunday.

'Fantastic memories'

Joe Ball, Keira's father, said he had 'fantastic memories' of his 'happy little pud'.

He told the Gazette: "She would light any room she entered and save any disgusting bug as they are all God's creatures.

"Many a time we would find a collection of snails and other insects in her bedroom which she was saving from predators.

"She would give her last anything to anyone even if it meant she went without."

Saving lives

Joe said his heart was broken that he would not be bringing his little princess home.

He added: "Tonight they are going to find some poorly children that she can make better by giving them her organs. As that is what she would have wanted.

"There is going to be a massive hole in our lives. We just have to be thankful for the nine years of absolute pleasure she gave us and whoever she met.

"Thank you everyone for your support and kind words.

"RIP Keira, aka Princess BoB."

Joe said with time he hoped Loanna and Brad would make a full recovery from their injuries.

Body-builder Aarron Lambo has also paid tribute to the 'bright' young girl, as have hundreds of Gazette readers.

Fundraising page

A fundraising page has been set up to support the Ball family, with nearly £4,000 raised so far, and a target of £5,000.

Leah Taplin, who set up the page, wrote: "On the 30th of July this strong, close knit family were ripped apart by a tragic road traffic accident that saw Loanna, Brad and Keira airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

"Sadly on the 1st of August little Keira was just too poorly and was taken by angels to become one.

"Loanna and Brad are still undergoing major operations and are expected to be in hospital for a few weeks yet.

"This family will never be the same again and we would like to raise money to help them rebuild some kind of life after losing Keira.

"Joe will be off work for a very long time taking care of the family and supporting them through this awful time and beyond.

"We would love it if we could help them, find a new house to make new memories and rebuild their family."

You can donate to the fundraising appeal at: https://www.gofundme.com/help-joe-and-loanna-and-family

Witness appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision on Sunday to come forward.

The family was travelling in a Vauxhall Vectra towards Barnstaple just after 11.30am, when they were involved in a collision with a Ford Ranger 4x4 travelling in the opposite direction.

The driver of the Ford sustained minor injuries and was released from hospital.

A police spokesman said: "At the time of the collision it was dry but it had been raining and the road surface was wet."

Less than 24 hours after this collision, a woman and her two twins died following a separate collision on the same stretch of road.

Police from across the force area attended the scene and a full forensic scene and vehicle examination was carried out.

If anyone witnessed this incident, email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 quoting 0383 of July 30.