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policeUPDATE : A young boy who died in a fatal road traffic collision in North Dorset has been named by his family.

Dorset Police received a report at 5.21pm on Monday 25 March 2024 of a collision on the A354 Salisbury Road at East Woodyates involving a grey Citroen DS9, a white Ford Transit van and a DAF cattle transporter truck and trailer.

The nine-year-old passenger of the Citroen – named by his family as Zac Roe from Andover in Hampshire – died at the scene.

The driver of the Citroen – a woman aged in her 30s from Hampshire – was arrested on suspicion of murder and has now been released without charge for that offence. She was also arrested on suspicion of a driving offence and has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Third, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Our thoughts continue to remain with all those affected by the sad death of Zac Roe.

“An investigation is ongoing with detailed enquiries being carried out to establish the full circumstances of what happened.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

Police officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to come forward following a fatal road traffic collision in North Dorset.

Dorset Police received a report at 5.21pm on Monday 25 March 2024 of a collision on the A354 Salisbury Road at East Woodyates involving a grey Citroen DS9, a white Ford Transit van and a DAF cattle transporter truck and trailer.

Very sadly, the passenger of the Citroen – a nine-year-old boy from Hampshire – died at the scene. His family has been informed.

The driver of the Citroen – a woman aged in her 30s from Hampshire – has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a driving offence. She was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries and remains in police custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Third, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: ‘First and foremost, our thoughts are with the loved ones of the young boy during this very difficult time.

‘A number of initial lines of enquiry have been carried out and detectives are now undertaking an investigation to establish the full circumstances of what happened.

‘I would ask any witnesses who have not already spoken to police, or anyone who may have captured relevant dashcam footage, to please come forward.

‘Also, I am keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the manner of driving of any of the vehicles involved prior to the incident.

‘A detailed scene examination was carried out overnight and I would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding during the road closure.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55240044571. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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