Tributes to toddler, 2, knocked down and killed by car near playground close to his home

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Tributes have been paid to a two-year-old boy who died after being hit by a car yards from a ­playground built in the middle of a road.

Alex Radan was struck by a car near the site in Dumfries on Friday at around 6.50pm.

It is believed the boy was hit when he left a fenced play park which sits in an island.

The tragic tot lived close to the park with his parents Christina and George and older brother.

The family, originally from Bucharest in Romania, are understood to have settled in Scotland in December 2015.

The youngster was rushed to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary but died a short time later.

The 54-year-old man driving the car was uninjured.

A white bunny ­rabbit and floral tribute marked the spot of the accident which a neighbour said has left the ­community was in shock.

The local, who asked not to be named, also said residents had concerns about where the park was situated.

They told the Daily Record : “It’s so very sad. The boy had been playing at the park and it was when he was crossing the road that he was hit by the car.

“It is every parent’s worst nightmare. This has been a ­terrible accident. Not only has a wee boy lost his life but a family have lost their child. The driver will be in pieces as well.

“Having a play park in the ­middle of the road has always been a concern for residents.”

Police have launched an ­investigation into the incident and have appealed for witnesses.

Sergeant Bob McNay, from Police Scotland’s Road Policing Unit, said: “Our thoughts are with the child’s family at this time, following their tragic loss.

“The investigation into the incident is ongoing and we are asking for anyone who was in the area and witnessed the events to please come forward.