Heartbroken family pay tribute to 'kindest' boy, 13, killed after being hit by car

Thomas Collett
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A 13-year-old boy killed in a collision has been hailed by his heartbroken family as "the kindest, cheekiest, witty and clever little boy anyone would've met".

Thomas Collett died after being struck by a car on Friday evening. Today, his grieving family, who continue to be supported by specially-trained officers, have paid tribute to the 'kindest and cheekiest little boy' as they try to come to terms with the tragedy, Stoke on Trent Live reports.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene at around 6.30pm on May 31, after reports of a collision between a car and pedestrian.

Thomas suffered 'serious injuries' and sadly passed away a short time later. Staffordshire Police say that the driver of the car, a Nissan Qashqai, 'is known to Thomas and his family', who is continuing to support officers with the ongoing investigation.

Leading tributes, Thomas' family says his memory will live on forever.

In a statement issued through the force, they said: "Our darling Tom, you were the kindest, cheekiest, witty and clever little boy anyone would've met, your love for football, formula one, and your family was completely unmatched. Your personality shone through everything you did, from playing football, to your eating habits and wind ups.

"We are going to miss you more than you could ever imagine, God really does take the best ones first, I hope you know how loved you were and how your memory of everyone and everything you loved will live on inside of us forever.

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A police spokesman said: "Thomas Collett, aged 13, from Lichfield, was a pedestrian when he was involved in a collision with a Nissan Qashqai. Sadly, despite the best efforts of medical staff, Thomas died as a result of his injuries.

"Specially-trained officers are continuing to support his family as much as possible at this time. His family have asked that their privacy is respected at such a difficult time. The driver of the Nissan, who is known to Thomas and his family, is supporting officers with their investigation."

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer along with the air ambulance to the incident on Ash Grove, in Lichfield.

A spokeswoman said: "Upon arrival ambulance staff found a teenage boy in a critical condition. Ambulance staff administered advanced life support to him but unfortunately, despite their best efforts nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased. No further patients required treatment."

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or has relevant CCTV or dashcam footage, should call the constabulary on 101 and quote incident 544 of May 31. Alternatively e-mail the collision investigation team on ciu@staffordshire.police.uk.

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