Family pay tribute to ‘wonderful’ four-year-old girl killed in M4 crash

Gracie-Ann Wheaton died after a van hit the car she was travelling in.

Family pay tribute to ‘wonderful’ four-year-old girl killed in M4 crash

The family of a “wonderful” and “creative” four-year-old girl who died after a crash on a motorway in south Wales have said it is hard to believe she is gone.

Gracie-Ann Wheaton, from Tredegar, had been returning from a birthday party at around 1.45pm on Saturday when the car she was travelling in was hit by a van.

The accident happened on the M4 westbound carriageway between junctions 28 and 29, prompting a huge emergency services response and causing the route to be closed for around seven hours.

She died at around 5am on Sunday morning, family members confirmed.

The Ford Transit driver, 41-year-old Martin Newman, of Croeserw, appeared at Newport Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with causing death by dangerous driving and two offences of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He has been remanded into custody pending a hearing at Newport Crown Court on February 21.

A woman remains in hospital in a stable condition, while another child is in a critical condition.

M4 motorway crash
Four-year-old Gracie-Ann Wheaton (Family handout)

“She was so young. She had a bright future ahead of her. She was such a wonderful child.

“I’m just lost for words really. How she was returning from a birthday party and all of a sudden she’s gone.”

He added: “She was very smart, she was very creative. She had a really great imagination as well. She was just fantastic to be around.”

Anyone with dashcam footage of the collision, or any information that could help the investigation, is asked to call Gwent Police on 101 and quote 2200041245.

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