Truck-obsessed boy, 4, who was killed by truck has fire truck named after him
A truck-obsessed four year-old who was killed in a truck accident has had a fire truck named in his honor.
Hunter Braddee’s family donated the life-saving vehicle to the fire company in McClellandtown, Pennsylvania, over the weekend.
It has been emblazoned with a photo of Hunter’s face to commemorate the youngster, who was killed in a crash alongside his aunt Kayla Burdwell, 20, and grandfather Ronald Burwell, 53, in June 2019.
The vehicle named after Hunter was unveiled with a special ‘touch the truck’ event held in his memory, with the little boy’s family telling ActionNews4 he would have been delighted by the tribute.
Hunter had previously been honored with a procession of fire trucks that drove to his funeral last summer.
Hunter, his aunt and grandfather died after the Ford F150 pickup they were in was struck by a dump truck that crossed the center line of Route 21 in German Township, Pennsylvania.
Speaking after the tragedy, Hunter’s mom Amber Gibbs said: ‘They were all amazing people that did not deserve what happened, and I miss my baby and I want him back.
‘Now I don’t have any of them and I’m lost and heartbroken and I don’t know what to do.’
Driver Wilbert Burnsworth was charged over the crash, and is due to stand trial in November.
A toxicology test performed on Burnsworth found drugs including cocaine-derivative benzoylecgonine and fentanyl in his blood at the time of the smash.
Eyewitnesses said they saw Burnsworth’s truck weaving and losing control in the moments leading up to the death smash.
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