Freddie Coleman: Tributes paid to 'kind and happy boy' killed in crash on school run in Stock, Essex

Freddie Coleman Credit: Family photo issued by Essex Police

The parents of a child who died in a crash on the school run have paid tribute to their "much-loved" boy.

Freddie Coleman, 15, died after he and another child were hit by a car in the village of Stock in Essex while on their way to school on Friday.

Freddie's parents, Jason and Jo, said: "Our beautiful boy Freddie. A much-loved son, grandson, brother, nephew and uncle sadly died on November 3 at 8.30am.

"He was loved by everybody who knew him. Our kind, happy, funny boy."

They asked for privacy "during this dreadful time".

The second boy is still in hospital with serious injuries.

Mayflower High School in Billericay, which the two boys attended as pupils, said it was a difficult time for the school community.

Dozens of flowers and letters have been left outside the school and a fundraiser has also raised more than £28,000 to support Freddie's family within days of it being created.Headteacher Damian Lee said: “All the staff, parents, governors and students from Mayflower High School are shocked and immensely saddened to hear of the tragic death of our Year 11 student, Freddie Coleman.

"He will be greatly missed by all. We wish to extend our thoughts and condolences to all of his family and friends at this saddest of times.“We all thought the world of him; he was a much loved and respected member of our school community.

"He had a wide circle of friends in his year group and across the whole school, all of whom will miss him greatly.

"We are supporting all of our students and staff as we try to come to terms with this sad loss. We are a strong and close community and will ensure that everybody is given the necessary help.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

He has since been released under investigation as enquiries continue.

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