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Alfie Mario Aiello-Da Cruz, from Fair Oak, Hampshire, died when the Nissan Qashqai he was travelling in with his family hit a motorway barrier on Sunday, December 26. The tragic incident took place on the southbound M3 at the junction 11 slip road near Winchester.
Alfie was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he later died.
The driver of the car, a 61-year-old man, was left with potentially life-changing injuries.
Two others in the car, a 48-year-old woman and nine-year-old girl, were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Hampshire Constabulary has launched an investigation into the cause of the collision.
A spokesman for the force said no arrests have been made.
In an emotional statement, Alfie’s mother and father, Anna and Marcos, and sister, Chloe, said: “Our beloved Alfie. We were so lucky to have you in our lives, giving us brightness, joy, love and happiness.
“Now that you have been taken away from us so suddenly and at such a young age, just 11 years old, we are going to miss you forever.
“We will carry in our hearts your love for all of our lives, until our last breath, and we hope that one day we will meet in God’s heaven to give you the last hug that we wished to have given to you before you left.
“We love you and always will.”
Senior investigating officer Detective Sergeant Mark Furse, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said the force is looking into the “exact circumstances” of the incident.
The police have urged anyone with information to come forward and is particularly interested in speaking to motorists with dashcam footage.
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Detective Furse said: “This is a tragic incident, in which an 11-year-old boy has sadly and so suddenly lost his life.
“We are working hard to understand the exact circumstances, and I want to appeal to anyone with information, particularly anyone with dash cam footage of the vehicle, to make contact with us, and allow us to piece together this young boy’s final moments.”
The police have urged anyone with information to contact the force on 101, quoting the reference 44210516070.
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