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Police have charged a 31-year-old man over the death of an eight-year-old boy who fell from a moving caravan while being towed in Katherine, NT.

The boy's family is left heart-broken after learning a family friend didn't restrain a group of children in the vehicle.
Brettson Payne is being remembered as an energetic, cheeky little Katherine boy with an infectious smile, who loved fishing and rugby.

Nine News reports Brettson was one of eight siblings and was particularly close with his nine-year-old sister Breanne, who was also unrestrained in the caravan on Sunday travelling on Edith Farms Road, Katherine.

"His buddy Breanne literally watched him fall and then her and his older sister Ariana ran to him and were holding him and trying to help him," Mr Payne said.

"It's something I wouldn't want any child to have to live and grow up with having that memory."

Police say Brettson suffered serious injuries in the fall and later died in Katherine District Hospital.

Officer in Charge of Major Crash Investigation Unit Detective Senior Sergeant Brendan Lindner said there were five children within the cabin of the utility and four within the caravan.

The driver has been charged with driving a motor vehicle causing death and will face court in August.

In Australia nobody is allowed to ride in trailers or caravans. For a full set of road rules for towing caravans and trailers click here.

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