THE devastated parents of a youngster killed in a horror smash have paid tribute to their "darling boy".

Tyler, 12, was walking home from school when he was struck by a car in Crawley, Sussex, on Friday afternoon.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at about 2.45pm and the youngster was rushed to hospital, but sadly died soon after.

Several floral tributes and teddy bears have been left at the scene as cops appeal for information relating to the crash.

One left by his heartbroken mum and dad tells of his "gorgeous smile" and "kind heart".

His grieving parents also called him the "brightest star shining in the night time sky" in the emotional tribute.

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The note reads: "The first thing we remember is your gorgeous smile, your kind heart and how caring you were towards everyone.

"Some think goodbyes are for ever, but they’re not. A goodbye is simple we’ll miss you till we meet again.

"We hope to see you every night we dream, missing you will be a heartache that will never go away.

"The memories you’ve left us will stay with us forever.

"We love you, our darling boy Tyler."

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A fundraising page has been launched to raise money towards Tyler's funeral.

It reads: "my good friends lost their 12-year-old son after he was hit by a car coming out of school.

"Tyler was one of the sweetest boys you could meet, he never had a bad bone in his body and always helped people whenever he could.

"I'm setting this page up as I'd like to get the funds so his family can give him the best send off and one he deserves but also a gravestone so everyone that loves Tyler and has had the pleasure to meet him can visit and lay flowers as well as pay their respects for years to come."

So far, well-wishers have donated more than £10,000.

Sussex Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed any part of the incident or has relevant dashcam footage.

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Anyone with information can contact Sussex Police on [email protected], quoting serial 750 of 25/11.

Those who wish to give information anonymously can contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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