Parents of a nine-year-old boy tragically killed in a traffic collision thanked the good Samaritan who tried her best to save their son.
Mark and Claire Ritchie are still coming to terms with the loss of son Ethan after he died following the incident near the family home in Kennedy Way, Airth, last Friday evening.
The Larbert Village Primary School pupil had been out on his bike when he was hit by a Tesco delivery van.
Ethan, who suffered internal bleeding after being struck, was able to say goodbye to his mother as she cradled him in arms.
He died in hospital a short time later.
Speaking at the family home yesterday (Wednesday) Ethan’s parents paid tribute their son, to the people who tried to save him and to the support they have had from neighbours in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Claire said: “We just want to thank everyone for their support, but a special thank you to the lady who did CPR to try and save Ethan. He died, but she did her best.
“We don’t know who she is, we just want to thank her for what she did.
“Everyone in the street has been so supportive and so has Ethan’s school.”
The family said Ethan was always ready to help people out, including big sister Amy (11) and little sister Alesha (6).
Dad Mark (39) said: “He always thought about everyone but himself.”
Mark and Claire say Ethan had been looking forward to a family trip to Florida which was just four weeks away.
Mark added: “Florida was Ethan and Ethan was Florida. He loved everything about the place and he was only four weeks away from going there.
“It’s been taken away from him and he’s been taken away from us – I don’t know what we’re going to do now.”
The much-anticipated trip would have seen Ethan enjoying the space age fun of Cape Canaveral and the magic of Disney World with his parents and sisters Amy (11) and Alesha (6).
Ethan, described by his parents as a happy-go-lucky boy who would give a helping hand to anyone, was able to say goodbye to his mum Claire as she cradled him in her arms after the incident, which happened just after 7pm.
Neighbours, who heard the impact of the collision and rushed outside, are said to have tried their best to save Ethan as he lay dying beside his crumpled bicycle in the street, with one resident trying to revive him by pumping his chest.
His parents were alerted by neighbours and they were able to rush to their son’s side.
Suffering severe injuries and internal bleeding, the youngster sadly died a short time later in hospital.
Friends and neighbours have left their own tributes to Ethan at the Kennedy Way road sign, including bunches of flowers and a small rock with his name on it and some love hearts.
After carrying out investigations into the incident it is believed police are treating the matter as a tragic accident and no charges have been made against the delivery van driver.
It is understood that the driver stopped immediately after the tragic collision.
A Tesco statement said: “We were deeply saddened to hear of this incident. We are doing all we can to help the police with their inquiries.”