A nine-year-old boy has died after being knocked down on a pedestrian crossing in Telford.
Jayden Lee McIvor, of Hurleybrook Way, Leegomery, died at the scene in Haybridge Road, Hadley, on Saturday despite the efforts of paramedics.
Tributes were today paid to the Year 4 Millbrook Primary School pupil, who was described as a ‘clever, loving and caring boy’, while dozens of bouquets of flowers and soft toys have been left at the crossing.
Jayden was crossing the road opposite Jules Convenience Store when he was struck by a Ford Focus, which had hit a Citroen Grand Picasso, which had stopped for the red light.
He died minutes later after suffering a heart attack. The 19-year-old driver of the Ford was arrested and has since been bailed until April 10 while inquires continue. Neither he nor the driver of the Citroen was injured.
Millbrook headteacher Martyn Lightwood today said: “Everyone at the school is devastated to hear the tragic news of Jayden’s death.
“Jayden was a very bright and intelligent young man whose humour and smile touched all he met.
“Recently he had been helping me run a book club for younger children at lunch time. He loved sharing books and acting out the funny voices. Jayden was at his happiest when he was able to help others.
“Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with Jayden’s family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”
Matthew Joules left a message on the Shropshire Star website saying: “RIP Jayden, your uncle matt loves you very much - you will always be in my heart.” And Telford Elim Community Church in Hadley posted: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Jayden at this very sad time. x”
Neighbours in Hurleybrook Way described their shock at the news.
Mrs Syeda Shah, who said her sons used to play with Jayden, said: “It’s terrible. I feel for his mum – I can’t imagine what she’s feeling right now.”
And Mrs Freda Holmes added: “Everybody is just in shock, you can’t believe it.”
Haybridge News shop owner Shabir Ahmed also paid tribute at the accident scene.
The owners of a nearby store saw the crash, and dialled 999 before calling Jayden’s family, who raced to the scene.
A woman from the store, who did not want to be named, said: “Everybody just rushed to it. So many people came and pulled him out from under the car. People took off their coats to keep him warm, I held his hand, another lady kept his airway open.”
The coroner has been informed and a post-mortem examination and inquest will be held in due course.
PC Al Saxton of West Mercia Police appealed for witnesses. He said: “The smallest detail could be important so if you know anything, please get in touch.”
The number to ring is 101, quoting incident reference 103-N-020213.