Tributes to boy killed in road accident

TRIBUTES have been paid to a “kind, bubbly” nine-year-old boy who was killed in a road accident in an Essex seaside town.

Annie Davidson

FAMILY tributes have been paid to a nine-year-old Essex boy who was killed in a road accident on Sunday.

Coppins Green Primary School pupil Michael Gibson was in collision with a red Honda Civic in Wellesley Road, Clacton, at 2pm.

The youngster, whose family live in the road, was taken by air ambulance to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge after the crash, but died shortly after arriving.

Yesterday his grandfather Geoff Gibson, from Great Yarmouth, and aunt Jeri, from Clacton, issued a tribute on behalf of Michael's parents, John and Kelly.

Mr Gibson, 53, said that Michael's seven-year-old brother Joshua and six-year-old sister Kayleigh still did not understand what had happened.

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The statement read: “Michael has lived in Clacton for 11 months after moving from Dagenham.

“When he grew up he wanted to be a WWE wrestler.

“Michael loved playing with his little brother, sister and cousins.

“Michael was always being praised by his school for his good behaviour and his school work - we all had high hopes for him.

“Michael loved watching WWE wrestling, Dr Who and Pokemon. He also liked modern, rock and punk music.”

The statement added: “We would like to thank the police for all their help and support - it was, and still is, appreciated by all the family.”

The driver and passenger in the Honda - two men, aged 24 and 23 - were arrested in connection with the crash and have been released without charge on police bail.

Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Stanway road policing unit on 01206 762512.