The family of a three-year-old killed in a crash in Edinburgh have said they are “devastated” by the loss of their “happy, bubbly, intelligent little boy”.
Xander Irvine was walking with his mother Victoria, 37, when he was hit by a car on Morningside Road on Tuesday afternoon.
The red Kia mounted the pavement and crashed into a shop front at around 2.30pm.
Xander was taken to hospital but suffered fatal injuries.
His mother was also injured but has since been released from hospital.
In a statement released through Police Scotland, his family said: “Xander Paul Thomas Irvine, three years old, was out for a walk in Morningside with his mother on Tuesday afternoon when a tragic accident occurred.
“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.
“What will we do without you, Xander?”
His family thanked the emergency services and members of the public who helped at the scene, hospital staff and police liaison officers for their help, and the public for their support.
Police said the 91-year-old woman driving the car was not injured.
Inspector Roger Park 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.
“I wish to express my sincere thanks to the members of the public who intervened and assisted in the immediate aftermath of this tragic incident and to the police and other emergency services who were on the scene.”