Dad and son killed
A father, 43, and his seven-year-old son died after being hit by an Alfa RomeoGoogle Maps

A mother could only watch helplessly as her husband and seven-year-old son were knocked down and killed by a car as they walked home from a Christmas party. Just after midnight on Sunday 6 December, a black Alfa Romeo collided with the pair as they crossed a dual carriageway in South Wales.

They were attempting to cross the A4119 at Talbot Green, near Pontypridd, at 12.30am. A 22-year-old male was arrested by South Wales Police at the scene and is currently helping police with their inquiries.

After receiving emergency treatment at the scene, both the child and his father, 43, were rushed to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital where they both died. They were understood to have left a friend's house and were walking home, with the father holding his son's hand as they crossed the road.

His wife was walking behind the pair and needed treatment for shock after the incident. The family have not been named as police are still trying to locate members of the family living in the UK.

A woman shopper at a nearby furniture store told The Mirror: "It's just dreadful, especially at this time of year. The poor mother was walking behind and saw what happened. It is a fast bit of road and there was a fatality there a few months ago and there have been other accidents there."

Near where the site of the accident, family and friends of the deceased have been leaving tributes and flowers. One of the touching messages read: "Will never be just a work colleague to anyone. Friend to many. Learnt a lot from you. A light that will never go out."

A South Wales Police spokesman said: "A 43-year-old male and his seven-year-old son were both pedestrians crossing the road when they were struck by the Alfa Romeo. The 22-year-old male driver of the Alfa Romeo has been arrested and is assisting us with our inquiries."

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call the Eastern Roads Policing Office at Gwaelod Y Garth on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.