The grandmother of a nine-year-old schoolboy who died after being hit by a car outside his home has led tributes to her ‘cheeky little lad’.
Tragic youngster Philip Holmes died in the Manchester Children’s Hospital at 6pm on Tuesday after stepping out between a parked transit van and car in Station Road, Huncoat, just yards from his home.
Police said the van had blocked his view of oncoming traffic and the driver of the Ford Focus that hit him could have done nothing to prevent the collision.
The youngster was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital on Monday after the accident before being transferred to Manchester.
But despite the best efforts of doctors, Philip never regained consciousness and died later from serious head injuries.
Jean Barrington, Philip’s grandmother, speaking for the whole family, said: "He was just a normal little lad. We are a big and close family and his death has left a big hole. It hasn’t really sunk in yet.
"He was a character, a really happy, cheeky boy who loved the outdoors.
"He was just out playing with his friend when the accident happened.
"He loved biscuits and when he used to come and see me he’d say ‘Nanna can I just have two biscuits.’ As one was just not enough.
"We have lots of lovely memories of him, and we will miss him dearly."
Philip’s cousin, 15-year-old Shannon Pilling also reflected on Philip’s comical character. She said: "Philip’s favourite subject at school was science. He was telling me this just the other day as we walked down the street.
When I asked him why, he just said because I like blowing things up."
Philip, who lives in Station Road with his mum Judith and three sisters Madeleina, 18, Emily, 17, and Ruby, 11, leaves a large family including his Nanna Jean, granddad Les Holmes and 21 cousins.
Sean Crosier, headteacher of Huncoat Primary School also paid tribute, he said: "We are all extremely upset and shocked at the sad news.
"Philip was a very pleasant young boy who fitted into school life extremely well. He was an easygoing boy who enjoyed sport, science and playing the euphonium.
"He was very popular with his classmates, who are devastated at his loss, and he had a great many other friends, not just in his own year group but in other years as well.
"All our thoughts and sympathy are with Philip’s family at this very difficult time."
Philip, enjoyed playing football and listening to his favourite band the Kings of Leon.
His mother Judith, has decided to donate his organs to help the lives of others.
Mrs Barrington, who also lives on Station Road added: "Judith has decided to donate Philip’s organs, so his death can help other people. His mum and his sisters are taking real comfort in this."
The whole Huncoat community is reeling from the news of little Philip’s death, who come from a large and well known Huncoat family.
Huncoat ward Councillor Paul Gott said: "The whole community is absolutely gobsmacked. Philip was a lovely little boy and his family are a huge part of the Huncoat community.
"The news has really thrown the school too, as he was a popular pupil who had been apart of the school since nursery.
"My thoughts are now with his mother and family."
The driver, who was treated for shock at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, will not face charges and is receiving support from the police.
Sergeant Mick Young, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit said: "This is another tragic road accident in Accrington. The community is once again shocked to the root. People have only just started to come to terms with losing Jackie and Jayden Bloomer and now they have to face losing Philip as well.
"Mine and my investigation team’s condolences are now with the entire Holmes family."