He was critically injured after a vehicle hit him last week. He was taken off life support and took his last breath while surrounded by family.
An 8-year-old California kid who was critically injured when a vehicle hit him last week has been taken off life support, according to his family. Josette Rofer reported her son, Bradley, died days after being hit by a vehicle on Thursday, early in a Facebook post on Monday. The news came two days after she revealed that toddler Bradley will be removed from life support, reports PEOPLE. She wrote in a post on September 4, "We are devastated and heartbroken. The love and support from our family, friends, and community have been incredible and mean the world to us. We are going to need all your love and support in the coming days, weeks, months, and years ahead to get through this tragedy."
She added, "Our Bradley boy is truly special and one of a kind. Incredibly loving, giving, empathetic, happy, and fun - always radiating pure joy. He is a true mensch. He is the best and most perfect son and brother that anyone could ever ask for. Bradley's loving kindness lives on as he will be giving the ultimate gift of life with the donation of his organs to several other people. This is what Bradley is all about and embodies exactly who he is."
According to FOX station KTTV, Bradley was going across a crosswalk at approximately 7:25 a.m. on Thursday when he was hit by a 1999 Ford F-150 in Orange County's Coto de Caza area. The truck driver remained at the site and assisted authorities. The collision was not caused by drugs or alcohol, according to investigators.
Josette informed the Orange County Register that Bradley was walking his bike while she observed from her car at the time of the tragedy. He was wearing a helmet, and it was the first time he planned to ride his bike to school, she claimed. She said, "He was doing everything right."
She added, "Anybody who knew him knows he was an old soul. I went to him for guidance." Josette told the Register that when Bradley was six, he sold flowers to collect $3,000 for children with cancer. She said, "That's who he is. Raising money, the flower business — that's all him. He won the empathy award at school."
As of Tuesday afternoon, a GoFundMe effort for the family had garnered more than $75,000. The page reads, "Bradley's love and kindness will live on as he will be donating his organs to save the lives of several others in need. Bradley was always thinking of others and his beautiful smile was so contagious."
Cover Image Source: Josette Rofer/Facebook