0040 BST Friday 30 March 2018
Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses after a three-year-old boy tragically died in Wareham on Thursday morning.
The incident happened at around 08:43 when an articulated lorry collided with a child, who was crossing the road with his family.
The boy sustained very serious injuries and was taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment. Very tragically, he was pronounced dead a short time later. The coroner has been notified.
A 43-year-old man from Basingstoke was arrested on suspicion of driving offences but he has since been released under investigation as police enquiries continue.
Inspector Matt Butler, of the traffic unit, said: “Very sadly I can confirm that a three-year-old boy has died today following a collision. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very traumatic time. They have requested privacy.
“A full investigation is underway into the circumstances of the collision and I would ask 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.”
Flowers, notes and toys were left on a bench near the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at http://www.dorset.police.uk, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, quoting incident number 29:65. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.