Parents watched in horror as their five-year-old son died when he was hit by a car while crossing the road with his twin brother.
The boy, from Bournemouth, Dorset, suffered a serious head injury when he was struck by a black Vauxhall Corsa.
He was taken to hospital but died a short time later and the coroner has been notified. The driver of the car, a local woman aged in her 20s, was shaken but uninjured.
Heart-rending tributes to the youngster have been laid at the scene of the accident and his parents wrote: ‘You will always be with us, such a funny, happy boy.’
Police rushed to the scene in Bournemouth, Dorset, after the youngster was hit while he crossed the road
The five-year-old boy was struck by a black Vauxhall Corsa (pictured) when he was crossing the road
It is believed that the boy was with his parents and his twin brother when they family went to cross the road.
Police Sergeant Joe Pardey, of the Dorset Police traffic unit, said: ‘It is with great sadness for me to say that this young boy died from the injuries he sustained in the collision.
‘Our thoughts are with all his family and friends. I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision and has yet to speak to officers to please contact Dorset Police.
‘I would ask anybody who was in the area at the time to consider any dashcam or CCTV footage they may have which could assist us in our investigation.’
The collision took place in Naseby Road in Bournemouth at 3.54pm on Wednesday.
His devastated parents left a teddy bear with a message attached which read: ‘To my baby, Mummy and Daddy love you so much, you will always be with us, such a funny, happy boy xxxxxx.’
Flowers were left at the scene and one message was left by the youngster’s parents which said ‘love you so much’
His ‘mummy and daddy’ left a note above a blue teddy bear which read: ‘You will always be us. Such a funny, happy boy’
The boy, who has not been named, was in reception year at the nearby Winton Primary School.
Headteacher Neil Tarchetti said: ‘As a close-knit school community I can speak for everyone involved when I say how deeply distressed and devastated we all are to hear about the tragedy that has happened.
‘The death of one of our wonderful pupils at such a tender age is very painful and his loss is acutely felt by all within our school community.
‘At just five-years-old, this well-liked and enthusiastic little boy had his whole future ahead of him. This tragedy leaves his friends, other classmates and children, staff and everyone involved deeply affected.
‘We are talking to all the children in school today about what has happened and offering support where needed but you will appreciate it is a very distressing time for all.
‘We offer our sincere condolences to the family, with whom we are in close contact, and in time will work with them to determine a longer term fitting tribute to their son.’