Heartbreaking footage has emerged showing a toddler’s final moments just hours before he was run over and killed in a tragic accident that left his parents too devastated to talk.
Spencer Roberts, 14 months, crawled out of his family home at about 7.30pm on Wednesday and on to a slip lane off the Calder Highway at Kangaroo Flat in Bendigo, 150km north of Melbourne.
The 56-year-old driver – who was not speeding or under the influence – thought he had hit an animal, only to find Spencer critically injured on the road.
The boy was rushed to hospital but couldn’t be saved.
His mother, Stacey Winning, shared a harrowing clip just hours before tragedy struck showing the giggling toddler trying on a new pair of Nike shoes on Wednesday afternoon.
Heartbreaking footage shared by his mother, Stacey Winning, showed the 14-month-old boy trying on his new Nike shoes while his parents encouraged his steps (pictured)
His parents were heard encouraging him to walk confidently as he stumbled and clung to the wall.
‘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 was seen looking at his father’s new shoes before attempting to climb into the box.
‘This boy blows my mind with how smart he is,’ his mother captioned the video.
Spencer Roberts (pictured) died in hospital on Thursday after being hit by a car
A car was turning toward a slip lane on High Street in Kangaroo Flat, 5km south-west of Bendigo’s CBD, when it collided with the child about 7.20pm on Wednesday
Family friends said the parents were ‘too emotionally distraught’ to speak after Wednesday night’s tragedy.
‘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.’
Ms Douglas told The Age: ‘He was beautiful, fun, lovely, energetic, precious little boy adored by his brothers and sisters Rhylee, 16, Deklan, 14, Jacob, 13, and Kaylah, 12.’
Spencer (pictured) got out of a pram in front of his parents home on Wednesday night and crawled onto a slip lane off the Calder Highway in Kangaroo Flat, a south-western suburb of Bendigo
Ms Winning (pictured, right) and Mr Roberts were spotted at the scene in tears following the incident involving their 14-month-old, Spencer (pictured, left)
Acting Senior Sergeant Dale Simm said the incident was a ‘tragic accident’ and the driver, who was on his way home at the time, was ‘very upset’.
‘The child left the house, crawled out pretty quickly, The driver stopped, didn’t realise it was a child. They believed it was an animal, then realised it was a child,’ he said.
‘They have gone to a local premises and informed the parents they believed it was an animal that they have struck and realised it was a child. The parents have then come out and emergency services have arrived. ‘
Ms Winning and Mr Roberts were spotted at the scene in tears following the incident.
A total of 152 people have died on Victoria’s roads compared to 188 this time last year.
Anyone who may have witnessed the tragedy or have dash cam footage is urged to come forward or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Spencer (pictured) has been remembered as a ‘beautiful, fun, lovely, energetic, precious little baby boy’ who was ‘adored by his brothers and sisters Rhylee, 16, Deklan, 14, Jacob, 13, and Kaylah, 12’