A MAN first on the scene of a fatal accident is still plagued by the thought he could have done something more to save the teenage victim.
Brendon Harrison was cycling home when he was in collision with a car in Pierce Avenue, Olton, just before 3.20pm on Wednesday.
The 13-year-old, from Acocks Green, a pupil at Lyndon School, suffered serious head and leg injuries and passed away despite desperate attempts from paramedics and a nearby resident.
Father-of-three Ravi Matharu was leaving his house to pick up his children when he heard a bang outside.
“I thought someone had gone into my van but then I saw two legs on the road,” the 39-year-old said.
“I saw it was a young boy and rang 999 immediately. I checked and he was breathing but only ever so slightly. I’m still thinking now if there was anything else I could have done to save him.”
By yesterday evening heartfelt tributes and flowers had been left at the scene of the accident.
One message read: “I have lost a mate but heaven has got an angel.”
Another said: “You will always be in our hearts Brendon. Walk tall mate. Love always Sally, Mel, Claire xx.”
Head-teacher of Lyndon School, Selina Westwood, said the school as a community has been shocked and saddened by the tragic, sudden death of the teenager.
“Brendon was a very happy student, extremely popular and always smiling. He was a fabulous, enthusiastic, caring student and it is a devastating loss.
“At this time our thoughts and prayers must be with his family and friends who are desolated by their loss.”
The woman driver remained at the scene while ambulance crews battled to save the boy’s life.
A police spokesman said: “The collision was between a gold-coloured Renault Scenic and a pedal cyclist. The rider, a boy aged 13, was taken to hospital and later died as a result of his injuries.”
The road was closed for three hours and anyone with information should call police at Solihull on 0845 113 5000.