London: An 11-year-old Indian-origin boy died on the spot in the UK after being struck by a car at a junction near his home in south-west London.
Aaron Matharu was thrown several metres in the air on a pedestrian crossing in Hounslow after he was struck by a black Volkswagen Polo as he walked home last Friday.
His father, delivery driver Kuli Matharu, watched helplessly from the window of his home.
“When I got there two people were trying to resuscitate him. My son was just going on an innocent trip to the shops and he was killed,” the 41-year-old told ‘Evening Standard’.
He said he had complained to police several times about the junction, which is now notorious for nearly two or three accidents a month.He had been told its layout was being reviewed.
“It’s too late for me, my son has gone. He had just started big school three weeks ago, he was so excited. Aaron was everyone’s friend, all the shopkeepers knew him, he was a popular kid. He was never naughty, he never did silly things, he was so sensible,” Matharu said.
Navjoyt Sehmi, Aaron’s aunt, said her nephew was “loved by everyone”, as she laid flowers at the spot where he was killed.
In a Facebook tribute, Hina Malike, Aaron’s teacher, said: “My thoughts and prayers are with his mum and the family at this difficult time and pray for them to have the strength to cope with this irreplaceable loss.”
“As a teacher I will always remember you as a caring, loving student who was keen to help others. Aaron, you will be missed by all of us. May your angelic soul RIP [rest in peace],” Malike said.
After the accident, the car’s driver was taken to hospital suffering from trauma.He has not been arrested.
The crash is being investigated by Scotland Yard’s serious collisions investigations unit.