07 Apr Over £25,000 raised for funeral of two-week-old baby who died after his pram was hit by a car | UK News
Tens of thousands of pounds have been raised to pay for the funeral of a two-week-old baby who died after his pram was hit by a car.
Ciaran Leigh Morris was being pushed along Brownhills High Street near Walsall when a BMW struck his pram.
The vehicle is thought to have collided with another car before veering onto the pavement at about 4pm on Easter Sunday, West Midlands Police said.
Ciaran was rushed to hospital but died shortly afterwards.
In just three days, an online crowdfunding campaign has raised more than £25,000 to support his family.
The organisers had hoped to get £2,000 to help pay for his funeral, but quickly surpassed their target.
On Tuesday, James Paul Davis appeared at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
The 34-year-old from Walsall was also charged with driving without insurance, failing to stop at the scene of collision and failure to report it.
He was arrested in nearby Bloxwich shortly after the crash.
Davis has been remanded in custody until he appears at Wolverhampton Crown Court on 4 May.
Ciaran’s parents have paid tribute to him, saying: “Mommy’s and Daddy’s hearts will always ache, we love you more than anything.
“We didn’t get to keep you for long but we are happy we had the chance to meet you, look after you and call you our son. Fly high angel.”
Lisa Ford, Ciaran’s great aunt, told Sky News: “We’re a very close family… and it’s ripped us all apart. We’ve all got to stay strong, we’ve just got to be strong. It’s just heartbreaking.”
Detectives are continuing their investigation into the crash.
West Midlands Police sergeant Mark Crozier said: “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading to the tragic death of Ciaran and we have specialist officers in touch with his parents to keep them updated with any new developments.
“We’re still keen to hear from anyone who was in the area and may have dash cam footage, either before or at the time of the collision.”
Information can be reported via FL_COLLISION_INVEST@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101