Tributes were paid to a “beautiful and brilliant” 13-year-old who was killed in a “hit and run” while cycling home from a friend’s house.
It was described that before the tragedy involving a truck in Swafield, near North Walsham in Norfolk, Alfie Brown “had his whole life ahead of him”.
The police were called just before 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, and emergency services, including paramedics and rescue planes, were also deployed, but he died at the scene of the accident.
According to police, the driver of the Ford Ranger was unable to stop, but was located a short time later.
Alfie’s Aunt Emma Brown has now set up a GoFundMe page to “give him the farewell he truly deserves” – and has already raised almost £11,000 from well-wishers.
She kept writing the fundraising page: “Alfie was an adventurous, intelligent, beautiful boy with his whole life ahead of him.”
“Life will never be the same without him and he will always be in our hearts.
“Alfie loved to ride his bike, play the guitar and learn new things.
“Alfie’s family is raising money to give him the farewell he really deserves, for flowers etc. Every pound goes a long way.”
The teenager’s parents also paid tribute to him online.
His father Andrew Brown wrote on Facebook: “It is with great sadness that I announce to my friends that my beautiful son Alfie Brown died in a hit-and-run accident in Swafield.”
“RIP Alfie daddy loves you x.
“My sister Emma Brown set up a Gofundme page to help with the costs, because who has £5,000 to spare.”
And Alfie’s mother, Bex Beauchamp, wrote: “Thank you so much for the support from Andrew’s family on Thursday and from my own family and friends.”
“I want to thank whoever stopped afterwards and tried to help our Alfie.”
Norfolk Police are appealing for information from anyone who witnessed the crash or may have relevant dashcam footage.
According to the police, a man in his 50s was arrested on suspicion of having caused his death by driving dangerously and not stopping at the scene of the accident.