THE heartbroken family of a three-year-old boy killed when his dad accidentally hit him with a ride-on lawn mower have told of their grief.
Little Maddox was rushed to hospital with severe injuries after being struck by the mower blades in Pambula, Australia, on Saturday.
Maddox, three, was killed after being hit by a ride-on mower[/caption]
Despite desperate resuscitation attempts by medics, the boy later died.
A police spokesman said: “He [the father] reversed over the poor child. He didn’t see him.
“I don’t think anything you could do to the father would change the way he feels unfortunately.”
Friends of Maddox’s devastated family are now fundraising to help cover the costs of his funeral.
His grandma Wendy told Daily Mail Australia: “It’s too much for the family to talk about at the moment.”
Well-wishers have so far donated more than £4,000, with the youngster described as “happy” and “energetic” in emotional tributes.
Jessica Porter, who set up the fundraiser, said: “As you can understand this is a very difficult time for the family and they were not prepared for the sudden passing of Maddox or the high cost of a funeral.
“Maddox was an energetic and happy toddler whose life was tragically short.
“Despite the short time Maddox was given he made a huge impression on everyone he met, and truly was his parents’ little angel.
“His family have many beautiful memories to cherish and recall his cheeky personality and would like to provide Maddox with a memorial that honours these memories.”
The Pambula Motorfest & Swap group, which Wendy helps run, said: “Many of you will know Wendy, who is our wonderful (superwoman) secretary/treasurer, some only by her voice over the phone.
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“She always puts others first, and now it is our turn to help her and her family.
“Unfortunately, Wendy’s grandson suffered a tragic accident over the weekend and passed away, and the family are fundraising to cover the cost of little Maddox’s funeral.”
Police are investigation the incident and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
A spokesman added: “It’s unusual, it’s not a death that’s caused by natural causes so that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing.”