The sister of a two-year-old boy who tragically died in a freak accident at the family’s home in Adelaide at the weekend has shared a heartbreaking message with the community as they rally together funds to pay for the toddler’s funeral.
Little Tj was run over by the family car in the backyard of their home in South Australia’s capital on Saturday. The young boy, reported to be the youngest of six siblings, was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by a four-wheel drive car, despite efforts by paramedics to resuscitate the toddler.
The sibling of Tj created a GoFundMe page following the tragic accident in hopes of raising $4,500 to fund the funeral.
“My baby brother was in a freak accident on the 19th of June and died at the scene,” Chloe wrote. “I would like to help my mother and her partner pay for the funeral as we want to give him the send off he deserves.”
She added: “So please help lay baby Tj to rest. Even a dollar would help. Thank you.”
The generous community were quick to respond with the total reaching over $3,500 within a matter of hours. Some even left beautiful messages of support for the family as they grieve the loss of the little boy.
“RIP little man… my heart broke hearing the news the other night,” one person commented on the GoFundMe. “I don’t know your family but my thoughts are with you all.”
“There are no words that will ease your loss, I’m so so sorry,” another wrote.
While a third said: “RIP little Angel. Heartfelt condolences to the family”
South Australia Police confirmed the tragic news in a statement on Saturday, confirming they were called to a property in Angle Vale just after 11.30am on Saturday. An investigation has been launched into the incident.
“On arrival, ambulance crews made desperate attempts to resuscitate the 2-year-old boy who lived at the Angle Vale home, but sadly he died at the scene” a police spokesperson said.
“Major Crash Investigators are on scene investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident.”
SA Police also confirmed that the family, who have been described as “inconsolable” have asked for privacy from the media, however one of the boy’s uncles spoke anonymously to the Adelaide Advertiser following the incident.
“He was Daddy’s boy. He just followed his Daddy everywhere,” the 41-year-old, who did not want to be named, told the local news outlet.
“He was one of those typical toddlers who was full of life and energy. Everyone just loved him. he was so full of joy. He was loveable.”
The family’s Toyota 4WD was also taken away following the incident, however it is still not known who was driving the vehicle at the time.