'He was beginning his life': Boy, 9, fatally struck a week before Christmas identified

Tom Flanagan
News Reporter

A devastated family has spoken of their heartbreak after a nine-year-old boy was fatally struck by a van in Queensland.

Zamuel Rennett was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after being hit on the intersection of Campbell and Patrick Streets in Laidley, 80km west of Brisbane, On Tuesday morning.

He died from his injuries a short time later.

Zamuel Rennett was fatally struck by a van on Tuesday morning during the school holidays. Source: GoFundMe

It is understood Samuel was walking with his two brothers along the road when he ran out into the path of the van.

Zamuel’s cousin Kat Burnett created a GoFundMe page late on Tuesday, describing him as a “happy” nine-year-old boy “at the beginning of his life doing all the stuff that any other regular [nine-year-old] boy would be doing”.

She told the Courier Mail he was a “loving, caring boy” who loved playing on his computer or outside with his brothers.

She revealed on the fundraiser that Zamuel’s death had rocked her family so close to Christmas.

“Now as you can imagine given this time of year and having this tragedy hit this small family with grief of not having their son with them is devastating and the cost of his funeral is even a bigger task,” she said.

Investigators on the scene of the crash. Source: 7News

She has set up the page on behalf of Zamuel’s mother to help fund the his funeral.

So far the page has raised $1190 of a $10,000 target.

Tributes began to emerge on the page, offering condolences to the family.

“So very sorry for the loss of such a beautiful boy. Wishing your family every ounce of strength and bravery needed to see you through you grief,” one person wrote.

A Queensland Police spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia that investigations are ongoing and that no charges had been laid against the male driver as of Wednesday morning.

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