A toddler who died nine days after his dad was killed in a horror car crash has been described as “loving and energetic” in a tribute.
Joshua Hoyle, aged two, suffered serious head injuries in the four-vehicle collision on August 18.
Dad Andy Hoyle, 36, who had been driving the blue Ford Fiesta, died at the scene on the A267 in Frant, East Sussex.
Little Joshua was airlifted to King’s College Hospital in London in a critical condition.
But Sussex Police revealed on Thursday that that youngster tragically died of his injuries late last month.
Mum Trudie Hoyle said in a statement: “Joshua was our loving and energetic boy and the centre of both mine and Andy’s world.
“To have lost both of them in this way is absolutely devastating.
“As a family we will never stop loving and missing them, and would ask to be allowed to grieve privately while we come to terms with this tragedy.”
Their family, from Dartford, Kent, said in a previous statement following Mr Hoyle’s death: “Andy was a beloved son, husband, father and brother who will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.
“We ask that we are allowed time to grieve privately, as we continue to focus on supporting and caring for Andy’s son.”
The heartbreaking tribute included a picture of Mr Hoyle wearing a ‘The Incredible Dad’ t-shirt as his young son, wearing Paw Patrol pyjamas, sat between his legs.
Police arrested a man, 76, from Tunbridge Wells, on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and for failing to stop after a road accident.
He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
The force were called to the rural country road just south of Tunbridge Wells, Kent around 11.11am.
The collision also involved a white Renault Master, a silver Toyota Estima and a silver or grey Honda car which did not stop at the scene.
Officers said they were “particularly keen” to speak to the driver of the Honda.
Specialist collision investigators closed the road to gather evidence.
It was reopened around 8.30pm later the same evening with a yellow collision appeal notice appealing for information seen the following morning.
Police continue to ask any witnesses with information or dash-cam footage of any of the vehicles involved to email [email protected] or call 101 quoting Operation Utility.