Dorset

Wareham lorry death: Sports cars out for boy's funeral

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Image caption The procession was led by a replica of Lightning McQueen, a character from the film Cars

Sports cars have joined a funeral procession for a three-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a lorry.

Jaiden Mangan was crossing North Street in Wareham, Dorset, on a balance bike when the crash happened on 29 March - a day before his fourth birthday.

A replica of Lightning McQueen - a character from Jaiden's favourite film Cars - headed the procession.

Rev Jane Williams, who led the funeral service, said the boy's death had had a "profound impact" on the town.

Image caption Jaiden's coffin was also decorated as Lightning McQueen
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Image caption Family members described Jaiden as "cheeky", "clever" and "full of energy"

Jaiden's nursery school teacher told mourners he had loved his toy cars but was "always happy to share his favourite with others".

Family members also paid tribute to Jaiden, known by some as JJ, remembering him as "cheeky", "full of energy" and "clever".

Jaiden suffered serious injuries in the crash, which involved a Sainsbury's lorry.

He was taken to Dorset County Hospital where he died a short time later.

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Image caption Jaiden suffered serious injuries when he was struck by the lorry and died a short time later in hospital

The lorry driver, a 43-year-old man from Basingstoke, was arrested on suspicion of driving offences and later released while inquiries continue.

A balloon release was held for Jaiden on the day of his fourth birthday.

On Friday, residents lined North Street as the funeral procession passed the crash scene on its way to Priory Church of Lady St Mary.

Jaiden's coffin - also decorated as Lightning McQueen - was taken for burial at Hill View Cemetery.

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Media captionBalloon release tribute for crash death boy killed day before birthday

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