A family has paid tribute to a three-year-old boy who was killed in a hit-and-run incident while he was out walking with his mum and two siblings.
Danny Wake was killed in Darlington at 10.30am yesterday. A 24-year-old man was arrested but has been released without charge.
Danny's family, from the Lascelles Park area, said they do not have the words to describe how much they will miss him.
In a tribute, they said: "Danny was a beautiful, loving and caring little boy, always laughing with a cheeky little smile.
"He had lots of friends and was adored by his little brother Georgie.
"We just can't find words to describe how much our very special boy will be missed by all of the family."
The incident took place at around 10.35am at the junction of Neasham Road and Falmer Road.
Mark Dyllon, who lives near the scene of the accident, said: "I heard a screeching and a bang. I ran outside and there were loads of women standing over a little lad."
Superintendent Kevin Weir, leading the investigation for Durham Constabulary, said: "This is a tragic incident and we send our heartfelt sympathy to the boy's family.
"We are appealing to members of the public to help us establish the events leading to the collision."