Alexandra Stemp’s family asks for more blue lights in London

An undated photo of Alexandra Stemp, an eight-year-old girl killed in a crash in London on November 30th, 2021. (Photo courtesy of the Stemp family)

The family of Alexandra Stemp wants to see London continue to be lit up in blue.

Stemp, the eight-year-old girl killed in a horrific crash at the corner of Riverside and Wonderland last week, was on her way home from a Girl Guides meeting when she was hit by a vehicle driven by a 76-year-old woman.

Police say it will be some time before there are any answers regarding what caused the collision. But for now, her family asks that Londoners continue to find blue lights for their front porches and businesses. London City Hall and various homes and offices turned their lights blue over the weekend. London North Centre MP Peter Fragiskatos did the same thing at his office.

As did Budweiser Gardens.

The colour blue is in honour of the Girl Guides’ blue candle – a symbol of friendship and togetherness.

The Stemp family told London News Today the show of support from the community has been “great” and “helpful” in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Alexandra Stemp, along with seven other Girl Guides, one adult, and one teen, were hit by the 76-year-old woman’s vehicle.┬áPolice have not charged the woman, saying the investigation could take weeks or longer. The driver was not taken to hospital after the collision.

Everyone else hit was listed in either good or fair condition, or had been released from the hospital, the day after the crash.

Alexandra’s family issued a statement last week, following the crash:

Our daughter, Alexandra, was a brilliant and vivacious little girl with a terrific sense of humour. She was a talented artist who loved her older brother with all of her heart.

Our family is devastated by the loss of Alexandra in such a tragic circumstance.

Our hearts go out to the Brownie leaders and to the other girls/parent volunteers who are still recovering from their injuries. There is no doubt that the emotional scars from the events of Tuesday night will take much longer to heal than any physical injuries sustained.

Our family feels the love and support of our community. We wish to express our thanks to everyone that assisted at the scene; we commend you for your heroism. We would also like to express our thanks to the police and emergency personnel for their assistance.

To the staff of LHSC, you are heroes. Your compassionate care for our daughter and our family will never be forgotten. We request privacy while we try to heal following this tragedy. Thank you.

The Stemp Family

The young girl attended Westmount Public School.

A GoFundMe organized for her family has raised more than $22,000 as of Monday morning.

Meantime, a separate fundraiser for Laurie and Kylie Hugo, a mother and daughter who were hit in the same crash, has raised more than $18,000.