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May 28, 2023 at 7:51 pm #16108jessiewaldrup8Guest
A family is in mourning following the death of a young boy who suffered severe brain injuries when the car he was in was struck by an alleged drunk driver.<br>James Lachlan Edds, 9, was heading to the shops with his mother Anastasia, 42, to buy new soccer boots with his money, on Wednesday afternoon in Killarney Vale on the Central Coast. <br>But during the trip their sedan was hit by a Lexus SUV being driven by Kristie Fiona Anne Merrett, 51, who allegedly failed to stop at a give way sign. <br>Merrett was allegedly nearly four times over the legal alcohol limit at the time. <br> James Lachlan Edds (pictured), 9, tragically died on Saturday after he sustained severe injuries following a car crash in Killarney Vale, NSW<br> James was in a car with his mother Anastasia heading to the shops to buy new shoes when their vehicle was struck by an SUV being driven by Kristie Fiona Anne Merrett, 51, who was allegedly almost four times over the legal alcohol limit <br>James sustained serious injuries and was trapped in the wreckage following the crash.<br>After emergency services managed to free the young boy, he was flown to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition. <br>His mother was also taken to the same hospital with minor injuries.<br> RELATED ARTICLES
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James’s aunt, Nicole Micos, revealed on social media Sunday that James had sadly died. <br>’Tragically, James was taken from us way too soon,’ she wrote. <br>Ms Micos specially thanked ‘every single medical professional at John Hunter Hospital who worked tirelessly to support James across this week’.<br> The young boy suffered serious injuries and was trapped in the car following the crash. He was flown to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition after he was free<br> James’s aunt, Nicole Micos, confirmed the news of the young boy’s death on Sunday and said he had ‘fought so hard’ until the end, which was a ‘testament’ to his strength and resilience<br>She added that her nephew ‘fought so hard’ until the end, which was a ‘testament to how strong and resilient little James was’.<br>’If you were lucky to have met James you would know how much of an incredible little legend he was,’ she said.<br>’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!'<br>NSW Police officers breath-tested Kristie Merrett following the crash. <br>After a positive roadside test, she allegedly blew 0.197 in a police station breath analysis. The legal limit in Australia is 0.05.<br> Ms Micos said her nephew was ‘an incredible little legend’ who ‘loved kicking a ball around with mum, jump on the trampoline with his mates, eat yiayias cheese pie, slot deposit pulsa play monopoly and uno with dad’. A GoFundMe has been set up to support James’s family <br>Merrett faces seven charges including aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, high-range drink-driving and possession of a prohibited drug.<br>Her licence is also alleged to have been suspended.<br>She was granted conditional bail in the Newcastle Local Court and will return to court on January 27.<br>Police are now reviewing her charges following James’s death. <br>A has been set up by Ms Micos to support James’s family.<br>