An eight-year-old boy tragically died after being hit by a vehicle in Catterick Garrison last night.
The boy, named locally as Joshua Slater, died at the scene from his injuries.
Tributes have been paid today by his school, Cambrai Primary, who described the youngster as a “shining light of love, friendship and fun within our school family”.
They added: “We are heartbroken to know that we will never see his smile, or hear his giggles again, but our memories of him will never fade.”
Police say they were called by the ambulance service at 5.49pm to Somerset Close following a report that a child pedestrian had been involved in a collision with a white Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Police say the boy’s family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.
No arrests have been made at this time and the driver of the vehicle is assisting officers with their enquiries, they added.
Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage from the area following the incident.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Officers are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the collision or saw what happened to get in touch.
“If you have not already spoken to officers, please get in touch if you can help with information including dashcam footage or doorbell CCTV footage of the vehicle or the collision itself.”
Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to email Nicola.Peters@northyorkshire.police.uk
Or call 101 and pass information for incident number 12230168003
The road was closed for several hours to allow emergency services to attend the collision and for collision investigators to examine the scene.
The road has now reopened.