A little boy who died after being hit by a Sainsbury’s lorry in Dorset should have celebrated his fourth birthday on Friday.
He was at a pedestrian crossing with his mother, Yasmin Dougan, in North Street, Wareham, on Thursday morning when he was hit by the articulated lorry.
Named locally as Jaiden, or JJ by his family, he was taken to hospital but died of his injuries shortly after.
His devastated mother revealed on Facebook on Friday that it should have been his fourth birthday.
The 23-year-old, who has a daughter called Miyah, wrote: “Happy birthday my precious little man your 4 today.
“I hope you get all the presents you want in heaven and I’m sure great nanny will make you a birthday cake.
“I love you so much baby boy and I miss you, I hope you have a lovely day up there and your spoilt.”
She also changed her profile picture to one of JJ.
A fundraising page has been set up to help the family as they grieve for the little boy.
The JustGiving page, set up by Susie Johnson, said they were raising £1,000 “to help James and his family for the tragic loss of his beautiful son”.
By 1pm on Friday 102 people had donated £1,726.
A friend of JJ’s dad, James Mangan, wrote a message of support from pals at Ferndown Boxing Club.
Jay Weaver wrote: “Yesterday we learned of a tragic event affecting one of our senior boxers, his 3 year old son (due to turn four today) was involved in a horrific road accident in Wareham.
“Myself, my family and our extended family at Ferndown ABC are heartbroken for James and all those affected.
“We want to do all we can to raise as much money as possible to assist in funeral arrangements and making sure James can be with his daughter and loved ones and grieve in his own space and time.”
He told Mirror Online that Mr Mangan “lived for his children” and spent every penny on them.
Dorset Police arrested a 43-year-old man from Basingstoke on suspicion of driving offences shortly after the incident just before 8.45am.
He has been released under investigation.
Detectives are asking any witnesses who saw the incident or saw how the lorry was being driven before the collision to come forward.
:: Anybody with information should contact Dorset Police on firstname.lastname@example.org, call 101 quoting 29:65 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
From – SkyNews