9-year-old James Lachlan Edds of the Central Coast dies after a car crash with an allegedly drunk driver
The nine-year-old boy, who is on his way to shop for new football boots with his mum, dies in hospital after a horror accident – when bail is granted to the suspected drunk Lexus driver who punched her
- A young boy has died in hospital after a car crash in Killarney Vale, NSW
- James Edds, 9, was in a car with his mother to buy new football boots on Wednesday
- Their vehicle was hit by Kristie Fiona Anne Merrett, 51, who was said to be intoxicated
A family mourns the death of a boy who suffered serious brain injuries when the car he was in was hit by a suspected drunk driver.
James Lachlan Edds, 9, hit the shops with his mother Anastasia, 42, in Killarney Vale on the NSW Central Coast on Wednesday afternoon to use his Christmas bonus to buy new football boots.
But while driving, their sedan was struck by a Lexus SUV driven by Kristie Fiona Anne Merrett, 51, who allegedly failed to stop at a give way sign.
Merrett is said to have exceeded almost four times the legal alcohol limit at the time.
James Lachlan Edds (pictured), 9, tragically died on Saturday after suffering serious injuries following a car crash in Killarney Vale, NSW
James was in a car with his mother Anastasia on his way to the shops to buy new shoes when their vehicle was hit by an SUV driven by Kristie Fiona Anne Merrett, 51, who is said to be nearly four times the legal speed limit alcohol limit
James suffered serious injuries and was trapped in the rubble after the accident.
After rescue workers managed to free the boy, he was flown to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle in critical condition.
His mother was also taken to the same hospital with minor injuries.
James’ aunt Nicole Micos took to social media on Sunday to announce that James has sadly passed away.
“Tragically, James was taken from us far too soon,” she wrote.
Ms Micos especially thanked “every single healthcare professional at John Hunter Hospital who worked tirelessly to support James this week.”
The boy was seriously injured in the accident and was trapped in the car. After his release, he was flown to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle in critical condition
James’ aunt, Nicole Micos, confirmed the news of the boy’s death on Sunday and said he “fought so hard” to the end which was “a testament” to his strength and resilience
She added that her nephew “fought so hard” to the end, which was “a testament to how strong and resilient little James was.”
“If you were lucky enough to have met James, you would know what an incredible little legend he was,” she said.
“James loved kicking around a ball with mom, jumping on the trampoline with his buddies, eating Yiayias cheesecake, playing Monopoly and Uno with dad, and more!”
NSW Police officers carried out a breath test on Kristie Merrett after the accident.
After testing positive at the side of the road, she reportedly blew a 0.197 on a police station breath analysis. The legal limit in Australia is 0.05.
Ms Micos said her nephew was “an incredible little legend” who “loved kicking around a ball with mom, jumping on the trampoline with his buddies, eating Yiayias cheesecake, playing Monopoly and Uno with dad”. A GoFundMe was set up to support James’ family
Merrett faces seven charges, including serious dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm, drunk driving and possession of a prohibited drug.
Her driver’s license is said to have been revoked.
She was granted conditional bail in Newcastle Local Court and will return to court on January 27.
Police are now reviewing their charges following James’ death.
A GoFundMe was set up by Ms. Micos to support James’ family.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11611379/Central-Coast-boy-James-Lachlan-Edds-9-dies-following-car-crash-alleged-drunk-driver.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 9-year-old James Lachlan Edds of the Central Coast dies after a car crash with an allegedly drunk driver