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7 year old Nathan Smith was knocked down and killed after getting off a us with his mum on Boosbeck High Street.
It happened at around 6.40pm on Friday night (15th November).
The driver of the Peugeot 206 van, a 22 year old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving by Cleveland Police and released on bail pending further enquiries.
The boy suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to James Cook University Hospital but sadly he died a short time later.
Tribute from Kelly, Nathan's mum.
"Nathan was a beautiful, happy, cute little boy, who was always very full of life and was loved by everyone.
He was very bright and loved going to school. He adored all his family, friends and teachers and got along with all the people he knew and will be very sadly missed.
He was loved by everyone who knew him, his friends, family and teachers.
It is a very difficult time for all the family and all the people in the villages of Lingdale, Boosbeck and surrounding areas whose hearts he touched.
We as a family would like to say a special thank you to all who paid a special tribute for a special little boy by putting down flowers, teddy bears and cards for Nathan.
Nathan will always be loved. Gone but never forgotten, RIP mammy's little soldier.
Lots of love mam, Ryan and Braden we love you so much Nathan Smith my gorgeous boy and brother."
Witnesses Urged To Come Forward
Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, and especially from any passengers on the 4B Arriva bus to Skelton who may have seen what happened.
Please contact the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on 101 quoting Event 202531.