A nine-year-old boy injured in a crash on the NSW Central Coast last Wednesday has died in hospital. James Edds was flown to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition after a sedan collided with an SUV in Killarney Vale on Wednesday, January 4.
He was trapped in the sedan by the crash and suffered serious head injuries. His aunt confirmed the young boy passed away in hospital on Saturday, January 7.
“Tragically, James was taken from us way too soon,” Nicole Micos said on Facebook.
“He died on Saturday 7th January 2023 after sustaining severe brain injuries in a car accident. He was just 9 years old and had his whole life ahead of him.
She said James had been travelling with his mother, Nicole’s sister Anastasia, to buy some new shoes so that he could kick around the football he bought with his Christmas money.
“If you were lucky to have met James you would know how much of an incredible little legend he was,” Nicole added.
“James loved kicking a ball around with mum, jump on the trampoline with his mates, eat yiayias cheese pie, play monopoly and uno with dad and so much more!”
A GoFundMe set up to help James’ family in the aftermath of his death has already reached over $20,000.
Anastasia, who was driving the sedan, suffered minor injuries in the crash.
NSW Police officers breath-tested the 51-year-old woman driving the SUV. After a positive roadside test, she allegedly blew 0.197 in a police station breath analysis.
The alleged result is nearly four times the legal limit for blood alcohol content.
She had faced seven charges including aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, high-range drink-driving and possession of a prohibited drug.
Her licence was also suspended.
She was granted conditional bail in the Newcastle Local Court and will return to court on January 27.
Since James’ death, the woman’s charges have since been upgraded to include aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death and dangerous driving occasioning death.
Anyone with information or dashcam footage which could aid the investigation is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers.