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Ryan Fleming's been described as a "bright and bouncy" boy after the 8 year old from Heybridge was hit by a car.
The crash happened on the A414 in Maldon on Saturday.
The driver of a Porsche has been released on bail until April 15, 2010 while police continue investigations.
Ryan's mother Melissa Rowe and the boy's family have issued the following statement:
Ryan is and still will be, a bright and bouncy boy. So sad that you had to go, but you will always be in our hearts, never forgotten.
Always be our little man, missed and always will be, we love you. Our little champion, every day in our thoughts, love you little man.
A big thank you to Heybridge School for giving him the best year of his life.
Sadly missed, never forgotten son, brother, grandson, nephew, friend. For you are very special to us all, silent tears will flow. We all miss you but will never forget you; you will always be with us, just like we will always have your lucky boxing glove.
We never got to tell you how much we loved you.