Tributes to Zac Roe, 9, who was tragically killed in A354 crash near East Woodyates

THE heartbroken family of Zac Roe – who tragically died after a crash near East Woodyates – have paid tribute to a “little angel”.

Zac, from Andover in Hampshire, sadly died after an incident on the A354 Salisbury Road at around 5.20pm on Monday afternoon (March 25).

His father, Josh, said: “Words cannot describe the pain I’m feeling, my heart is broken. You are my little angel. I love you more than anything in this world, you are my best buddy.”

Zac’s grandfather, Chris Roe, added: “Zac, there are just no words to find. I just want to thank you for the wonderful and fun filled memories we shared on your short journey of your life.

“You were taken too soon, but memories will last us a lifetime.

“We will never stop loving you. Your smile and laughter still echoes around my and everyone’s heart.

“Sweet dreams our little angel.”

Zac Roe, nine, tragically died after the crash on the A354 Salisbury Road in North Dorset. Picture: Dorset Police/Google

Zac Roe, nine, tragically died after the crash on the A354 Salisbury Road in North Dorset. Picture: Dorset Police/Google

A woman was arrested after the crash, which involved a grey Citroen DS9, a white Ford Transit van and a DAF cattle transporter truck.

The woman, in her 30s and from Hampshire, was arrested on suspicion of murder and a driving offence.

She was taken to hospital and remained in police custody on Monday night.

After the crash, 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 should contact Dorset Police via, or by calling 101, quoting incident number 55240044571.

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