The little boy was walking down the road when a drunk driver ran over him. He drew his last breath shortly after being admitted to the hospital.
It would be no less than a nightmare for a mom to walk into the new year without having her beloved son with her. Like any mom, she must have been looking forward to bonding with her family and surprising her 13-year-old with his favorite toys and gifts. But none of that happened this Maidenhead mom because someone decided to drive a vehicle inebriated.
Max Simmons was walking down a country road when an Audi TT with a drunk driver behind the wheel rammed into him. He was rushed to the hospital but he could not make it, reports The Sun. While the alleged culprit has been caught and called forth to appear in front of the court soon, one question remains. Will anything fill the void in the mother's life that her son left?
However, the mom who wished to remain anonymous released a soul-crushing message 24 hours after the life-changing news hit her. Through her words, she has shown immense courage and empathy to share her pain and also spread a message of love to all parents who sometimes forget that no gift they ever buy them would be as precious as love.
She said, "Just be there with them, hug them, tell them how much you love them, because Christmas presents are just stuff, love is free. Just love each other."
“Thank you for all the kind messages that have come through. It means a lot to know how much other people loved him. I always taught my kids to be street smart but brave and independent."
“Whilst I have the chance I’d like to thank all the doctors and nurses and staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford; it is people like them that keep the NHS alive and they worked as hard as they could to save my boy. Thank you all."
“From one parent to all you parents out there, go home and hug your children. Just be there with them, hug them, tell them how much you love them, because Christmas presents are just stuff, love is free. Just love each other."
Paying tribute to the teen, his friends described him as a "child that was full of life" who was "loved by all." A friend said, "He was a child that was full of life and loved his computer games. He will be missed and was loved by all."
A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said, "A Red Audi TT and a pedestrian, a 13-year-old boy, were in collision at that location. The boy was taken to hospital following the collision, but sadly he later died of his injuries."
While it is hard for anyone to fathom her pain and emptiness during this festive time of the year, we wish Max's soul rests in peace and she finds hope and positivity again.