Well wishers launch campaign to pay funeral costs of toddler hit by a Sainsbury’s lorry
A crowd funding campaign has been launched to pay for the funeral of a three-year-old killed by a lorry on a pedestrian crossing.
Friends and well wishers of a family whose three-year-old son was killed by a lorry have launched a crowd funding campaign to pay for his funeral.
The toddler, named locally as Jaiden, was knocked down on a pedestrian crossing on Thursday morning by an articulated Sainsbury’s lorry.
Jaiden was crossing North Street in Wareham, Dorset, with his family when he was struck.
He was taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead a short time later.
Jaiden’s mother, Yasmin Dougan, said her son was due to turn four the day after his death.
A 43-year-old man from Basingstoke who was arrested on suspicion of driving offences has now been released under investigation, Dorset Police said on Friday.
Jade Devenish has now launched a campaign on JustGiving.com to raise £1,000 to allow Jaiden’s parents and sister time off to grieve in the wake of his death.
Ms Devenish said she was a colleague of James, Jaiden’s father, at nearby Ferndown ABC boxing gym.
She wrote: “Myself, my family and our extended family at Ferndown ABC are heartbroken for James, Jaiden’s mum Yaz and all those who knew and loved him.
“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.”
She added: “Sleep tight little man.”
By 9pm on Friday the campaign had raised £1,185.
Following the crash, Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police’s traffic unit, said: “The family are continuing to be supported by specially trained officers and have requested privacy at this very traumatic time.
“We are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the collision and are still appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the manner of driving of the lorry immediately before to please come forward.
“I am also keen to hear from any motorists who were travelling along North Street at the relevant time and have dashcam fitted in their vehicles.”
North Street was closed between the junction with West Street and the roundabout at the junction with the A351 while collision investigators examined the scene.
Mike Coupe, chief executive officer of Sainsbury’s, said: “This is an absolute tragedy and we will do everything we can to support the family.”