A mother has shared a heartbreaking video of her son moments before he was struck by a car outside his home in Victoria earlier this week.
Spencer Roberts, 14 months, was learning to walk when he wandered outside and was tragically killed.
In the footage, filmed by his proud mother Stacey Winning, young Spencer is seen walking around the family’s home in the Bendigo suburb of Kangaroo Flat.
In the clip the toddler can be heard giggling as he tries on a new pair of Nike shoes.
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“Are you walking? Are you walking with your new shoes on? Just walk like normal baby boy,” his father, Brad Roberts, could be heard saying in the video.
Spencer then looks at his father’s new shoes and attempts to get into the box.
His mother captioned the footage, “This boy blows my mind with how smart he is”.
But just hours later he was hit in the slip lane of High Street outside his home about 7.30pm on Wednesday.
The 56-year-old driver initially thought he had hit an animal and immediately stopped only to find the toddler critically injured on the road.
Spencer was rushed to hospital, but later died due to the severity of his injuries.
Police confirmed the man, who was on his way home, was not speeding or under the influence and will not be charged.
He is reportedly so shaken by the accident that he said he will never drive his car again.
“It’s just a tragic accident when you’ve got toddlers and little ones they get away pretty quick,” Acting Senior Sergeant Simm told 7 News.
“The driver stopped after realising they hit an object. (He) didn’t realise it was a child and has gone to a local premises and informed the parents he believed it was an animal that he struck.
“They’ve then realised it was a child.”
Mr Simm said the young boy “left the house, crawled out pretty quickly”.
Family friends said the parents are “beside themselves” and were “too emotionally distraught” to speak following the sudden accident.
“We are all very shocked. Stacey is beside herself. It’s not real yet. It was a complete fluke accident,” Gemma Douglas told the Herald Sun.
“He was a happy, loved little boy who was wanted desperately. He was always smiling his little heart out. They are a beautiful little happy family.”
In one of her most recent Instagram posts, Ms Winning shared several photos of Spencer alongside the heartbreaking words, “Never met a baby that is always happy! Like the only time he whinges is if his hungry or tired … He only actually cries if he hurts himself otherwise its crocodile tears.”
“I could watch you laugh forever!”