THE HEARTBROKEN parents of a three-year-old boy crushed to death by a truck have revealed a family member was behind the wheel at the time of the horror accident.
Today his devastated parents Matthew Brough, 28 and 30-year-old Vicky Maybin paid tribute to MJ as they vowed the accident would not “rip the family apart”.
Matthew said: “MJ must have run round the back of the van.
“It was a family member (driving the van) and it is killing him inside.
“We are not going to let this rip the family apart, we are going to grow stronger, we will come together as one.”
His parents and neighbours who heard the collision rushed outside to help and perform CPR but nothing could be done to save the youngster.
Vicky said the life-changing crash happened in a “split second”.
She added: “I was in the kitchen doing the kids’ tea when Matthew came round to see the children after work.
“I don’t know how he got out of the house.
“He has gone for the door and all I have heard is a big thud and he is in the middle of the road.
“Everybody is distraught, everybody is devastated, it was just a complete accident.”
Matthew said MJ, who had two sisters, Brodie, nine, and Lola-May, six, was “full of life” and was looking forward to starting nursery in September.
He added: “He would light up everybody’s life when he met them.
“Anybody that met him fell in love with him, that’s why he has got so many tributes because everybody did love him, he was a happy chap.
“He was a proper mummy’s boy. He loved to kick a football and loved to play with his sisters.
“He was always singing Paw Patrol songs.”
The parents said tragic MJ was known as “welly boy” by his family because he loved his flashing frog wellies and his favourite cuddly toy was a wolf called Bill.
They also described the tragedy, on the narrow street where it is only possible for one car to pass at a time, as an “accident waiting to happen” and are demanding action to improve conditions on the road.
Matthew added: “I wouldn’t want to wish this on my worst enemy.
“If I could swap places with him I would.
“It’s unimaginable what life is going to be like without him, but as long as we’ve got our family by our side we will all pull together. We will never get over him.”
Dozens of floral tributes, teddy bears and balloons have been left at the scene in Wolverhampton, West Mids.
While a Facebook page set up in the youngster’s memory has been flooded with comments.
Charlotte Tallulah Hall wrote: “Thoughts r with u all, such a handsome little boy. I’m sure this little angel is watching over u in heaven Vicky Maybin and will hopefully give u strength to get through this heart breaking time xxx.”
A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this horrible incident.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman added: “Sadly, a three-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Specialist officers from our Family Liaison Unit are now supporting the family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time.”
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