Following the tragic death on Monday of a nine year old boy,

the police and family have released an update and a tribute.


A young boy who sadly died in a fatal road traffic collision in North Dorset has been named by his family.

Dorset Police received a report at 5.21pm on Monday 25 March 2024 of a collision on the A354 Salisbury Road at East Woodyates involving a grey Citroen DS9, a white Ford Transit van, and a DAF cattle transporter truck and trailer.

Very sadly, the nine-year-old passenger of the Citroen—named by his family as Zac Roe from Andover in Hampshire – died at the scene.

The driver of the Citroen, a woman aged in her 30s from Hampshire – was arrested on suspicion of murder and has now been released without charge for that offence. She was also arrested on suspicion of a driving offence and has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Third, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Our thoughts continue to remain with all those affected by the sad death of Zac Roe.

“An investigation is ongoing, with detailed enquiries being carried out to establish the full circumstances of what happened.”


Zac’s father Josh Roe said: “Words cannot describe the pain I’m feeling, my heart is broken. You are my little angel. I love you more than anything in this world, you are my best buddy.”

Zac’s grandfather Chris Roe added: “Zac, there are just no words to find. I just want to thank you for the wonderful and fun filled memories we shared on your short journey of your life.

“You were taken too soon, but memories will last us a lifetime. We will never stop loving you. Your smile and laughter still echoes around my and everyone’s heart. Sweet dreams our little angel.”

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