A 13-year-old boy hit by a truck as he stepped off his school bus has tragically died as his family pays tribute to the ‘beautiful kid who fought and fought’.
Joshua Pike was heading home at about 3.30pm on Wednesday, October 11 when a delivery truck struck him as he attempted to cross a road in Appin, 75km southeast of Sydney.
CCTV from a nearby house showed the boy sprawled on the road after the accident.
Josh was treated by paramedics at the scene before being airlifted to the Children’s Hospital in Westmead with a fractured skull. He was placed in an induced coma while his family and friends hoped he would pull through.
Family friend Jackie Austin said Josh fought his injuries ‘with all the power and energy he could’.
She wrote on a GoFundMe page that the teenager ‘spent the last week fighting his beautiful little heart out to beat the horrific injuries he sustained’.
Joshua Pike, 13, was struck by a delivery truck and died from his injuries a week later
CCTV from a neighbouring house caught an image of Josh on the road after the accident
‘Unfortunately the injuries were so severe that God decided to take him home,’ Ms Austin wrote.
Josh was described as ‘a beautiful kid who lived life to the fullest’. He donated his organs ‘to enable other kids and adults to continue living their life’.
The fundraiser which has $34,620 raised of its $40,000 target will now give money left over from Josh’s funeral to charity.
After his accident, locals called for greater safety measures on the dangerous stretch of road.
The 38-year-old driver of the delivery truck (above, caught on CCTV) was questioned, tested and released without charge
Josh (left, with his mum Leah, and right with dog Zena) was ‘a beautiful kid who lived life to the fullest’
With a speed limit of 50km/h, the road is nevertheless very busy in peak hour as a corridor for trucks travelling from Campbelltown to the NSW South Coast.
Resident Ally Thomson asked ‘how are the children meant to cross?’ when interviewed by 7NEWS, while Luke Clemens described the accident’s aftermath as ‘pretty gut-wrenching’.
Wollondilly MP Judith Hannan said it had been a problem for decades, adding ‘successive governments have told us what they are going to do with that road, and there’s been no substantial changes in 20 years’.
The 38-year-old truck driver who struck Josh underwent mandatory testing and was interviewed by police and released without charge.
The page set up for Josh, who lived with his mum Leah and his older sister, says that ‘anyone who not only knew him, but was lucky enough to have him in their life, it was an honour’.
‘Josh would be absolutely loving the love he was receiving right now. All monies will be used accordingly for the funeral and other costs. Any monies left over will be given to charity.
‘The family would like to express their gratitude on the heart felt support they have received.
‘May your beautiful little strong soul rest in peace Joshua Pike. You are very loved and will be missed more than you could possibly imagine.’