THE heartbroken parents of an 11-year-old boy killed in a Boxing Day crash have today paid tribute to their beloved son.
Alfie Aiello-Da Cruz died when his family's red Nissan Qashqai crashed into a roadside barrier while travelling home on the M3 at Winchester.
The family were travelling southbound in the rain towards Fair Oak, near Eastleigh, Hampshire, when they crashed into the barrier on the slip road at junction 11.
Police were called shortly before 9pm and Alfie was rushed to hospital.
Tragically, the beloved boy died following the crash.
In a statement today, his parents, Marcos and Anna, as well as his sister, Chloe, said: "Our beloved Alfie. We were so lucky to have you in our lives, giving us brightness, joy, love and happiness.
"Now that you have been taken away from us so suddenly and at such a young age, just 11 years-old, we are going to miss you forever.
"We will carry in our hearts your love for all of our lives, until our last breath, and we hope that one day we will meet in God’s heaven to give you the last hug that we wished to have given to you before you left.
"We love you and always will. Anna, Marcos and Chloe.”
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Officers investigating the exact circumstances of the crash have now urged anyone with further information to come forward.
A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary previously said: "The incident happened at 8.50pm on Sunday night when a family from Fair Oak, near Eastleigh was travelling in a red Nissan Qashqai on the southbound M3. The vehicle was on the slip road at junction 11 when it was in collision with the barrier.
"An 11-year-old boy was taken to Southampton General Hospital where sadly, he later died.
"The driver, a 61-year-old man, suffered serious, potentially life changing, injuries. He was also taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment.
"A 48-year-old woman and a nine-year-old girl suffered minor injuries and were also taken to Southampton General Hospital."
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Mark Furse, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, added today: "This is a tragic incident, in which an 11-year-old boy has sadly and so suddenly lost his life.
"We are working hard to understand the exact circumstances, and I want to appeal to anyone with information – particularly anyone with dash cam footage of the vehicle – to make contact with us, and allow us to piece together this young boys final moments.
"Anyone with information which may assist us should call 101, quoting the reference 44210516070."
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