14 June 2015
The family of an 11-year-old Daniel Climance who died after being hit by a roadsweeper in Station Road, Purton on Wednesday 10 June, at around 7.30pm, have paid tribute to their ‘beautiful, loving child.’
A statement released by Wiltshire Police say Daniel divided his time equally between his dad who lives in Purton and his mother who lives in North Swindon where was in his final year at Bridlewood Primary School in Ash Brake. He was to start Bradon Forest School in September, joining his older brother Robbie, who also went Bridlewood.
His parents describe Daniel as ‘a beautiful, loving child, with a fantastic sense of humour, caring and loving with a wide circle of friends.’
It continues: ‘He will be sadly missed by his brothers Robbie, George and Noah, and all of the extended family.’
Daniel was a member of the Wootton Bassett under 11s team and had just completed his second-degree black belt in Taekwondo, of which the statement said he was ‘immensely proud.’
Wiltshire Police describe Daniel’s death as a ‘tragic accident.’
On Friday 12 June, Jo Garton, headteacher of Bridlewood Primary School in North Swindon, said Daniel Climance ‘was the loveliest lad you could ever meet’ and expressed the deep sorrow of everybody connected with the school following his death.
She said: “Daniel had been part of our school at Bridlewood since he was four years old. He was a popular, sporty, bright boy whose height and deep voice gave the impression that he was older than his eleven years. Our thoughts are with his family who will feel his loss most keenly, but we miss him so much.
“In the last two days we have shared our feelings together and have called in additional support to help all those in our school community who feel the shock of Daniel’s loss.
“It was such a happy time for our Year 6 children. SATs were out of the way and they’ve been rehearsing for the big end of year production and generally enjoying the last few weeks at primary school before they move on to ‘big school.’
“We’ve known Daniel’s family for many years because his older brother attended Bridlewood before he started with us. Everybody in the school is pulling together, but it’s just awful what has happened; our hearts are with Daniel’s parents at this devastating time.”
On 11 June Wiltshire Police Acting Inspector Ben Huggins said: “At approximately 7.18pm (Wednesday 10 June), the victim was cycling along Station Road near Bamford Close in the direction of Cricklade, accompanied by his father and his older brother, when he collided with a road sweeper which was travelling in the direction of Hook.
“Several members of the community rushed to the boy’s aid, along with emergency services, but sadly the young boy died at the scene.
“The victim is a local lad and was due to join the local secondary school in September. To lose a child at such a young age is heartbreaking. This tragic incident has really shocked the local, close-knit community of Purton who I am sure will rally around the family in the coming days, weeks and months to ensure they have the support they need at such a difficult time. The family are also being supported by a police family liaison officer.
“I would like to point out that nobody has been arrested in relation to this incident. An investigation will now be conducted through the serious collision investigation team who attended the scene last night.
“I would ask that any witnesses who have not made contact already with police, please do so. Any information, no matter how small, may assist with the ongoing investigation.
“Road safety remains a key priority for the local neighbourhood policing team in this area. I would like to reassure residents that my team will continue to work with our partner agencies and ensure that our roads remain as safe as possible. If anybody has any concerns, please contact your local NPT officers.
“Finally I would like to take this opportunity to say our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young cyclist at this very sad time and we will do everything we can to support them.”
Witnesses are asked to contact Insp. Huggins by calling Wiltshire Police using the 101 number.