Nine-year-old James Edds died in a hospital on Monday, a week after he was injured in a car crash in the NSW Central Coast.
He was taken to John Hunter Hospital after the collision with an SUV happened in Killarney Vale on January 4.
His aunt confirmed that the child died on January 7. He was nine years old when he died.
Nicole Micos posted a statement about James on Facebook, where she said that the boy died due to severe brain injuries.
According to her, James was with his mother, Anastasia, on a trip to buy new shoes.
He wanted to play with the football that he bought using his Christmas money.
James was described by his aunt as a very special kid who would be greatly missed.
A fundraising page set up to help the family after James’ death has already reached more than $20,000.
According to the page, the boy loved playing with his friends and kicking a ball around with his mother.
The driver of the car, Anastasia, suffered minor injuries during the accident. After testing the driver, the police detected a blood-alcohol level of 0.197. This is almost four times higher than the legal limit.
Prior to the incident, the woman faced various charges, including dangerous driving and high-ranged drink-driving.
After James’ death, her charges were upgraded to include dangerous driving and death.
She was released on conditional bail and will appear in court on January 27, 2019.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers or the police. Dashcam footage could also be of help.