A five-year-old boy was killed by an elderly driver while on his way home from a rugby game.
Little Alfie Darby was walking down Anzac Ave in Sydney, Australia, when he was struck by a Jeep shortly after watching his older brother play a rugby match.
After the collision, the boy was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Meanwhile, the driver of the Jeep was identified as a 77-year-old man who was forced to undergo mandatory testing after the fatal accident.
According to the reports, Alfie traveled with his family to Sydney all the way from Dural to attend the rugby match and cheer for his sibling.
“Dural Rugby Club sends all our love, thoughts and prayers to the Darby family after the tragic passing of their son Alfie yesterday, who was always a smiling face when playing in our u6’s and around the club,” the Dural Rugby Club said in a statement after the incident.
Meanwhile, a memorial for the young boy was set up at Griffith Park by the Collaroy Rugby Club members.
Community members who branded Alfie’s parents as gracious and kind also set up a GoFundMe page to help the shocked and devastated family pay for the funeral expenses.
“The Darby family are well known members of our school and greater community who are gracious, kind and always welcoming. Their home is always filled with children and there is always an invite for a cup of tea or coffee when you arrive at the door,” the fundraiser reads.
“We would like to ease the stress on the Darby family as they process the loss of little Alfie by seeking assistance with the funeral expenses. If you can contribute it would be much appreciated. If you cannot we ask that you share this with your friends and family and keep the Darby family in your prayers.”
As of this writing, the tragic incident remains under investigation and the police have yet to establish all of the circumstances leading to the boy’s death.
“Our hearts go out to that family, actually everyone involved, it’s just any parent’s worst nightmare,” one of the witnesses said.
Our thoughts remain with Alfie’s loved ones during this challenging time.