The parents of a three-year-old boy knocked down and killed after a car mounted the pavement of an Edinburgh street said they “feel as if their hearts have been ripped out”.
Xander Irvine suffered fatal injuries when he was hit by a car on Morningside Road at about 14:30 on Tuesday.
His 37-year-old mother, Victoria, has now been released from hospital.
The 91-year-old woman who was driving the car was unhurt.
In a statement released by the police, Xander’s family said he had been out for a walk with his mother when the tragic accident occurred.
They added: “Xander was a very happy, bubbly, intelligent little boy who was very dearly loved by his parents Victoria and Paul. Xander was a real chatterbox who just loved books, playing with all sorts of vehicles and his Lego. He really enjoyed life and he enriched the lives of everyone he met.
“Victoria and Paul are devastated and feel as if their hearts have been ripped out. Xander will be so very sorely missed by them both and all his family and friends in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“His parents would like to thank the paramedics, police, the fire and rescue service and members of the public for their help at the scene of the accident. Also, thank you to all the hospital staff and the police liaison for their help and to the public for their support to both Victoria and Paul and their families.”
Insp Roger Park, of Police Scotland, said: “Our thoughts remain with the family of Xander at this incredibly difficult time.
“Inquiries into the crash are ongoing, a full forensic collision investigation was carried out at the time and officers continue to look at CCTV and dash-cam footage as well as tracing and speaking to witnesses who have come forward.”