Pictured: 'Happy-go-lucky' boy, 10, killed on family holiday in Tenerife by ...

Tributes have been paid to a 10-year-old boy killed during a family holiday in Tenerife by a hit-and-run driver.

Carter Carson, from Newtownabbey, near Belfast, Northern Ireland, died in hospital on Friday nearly 24 hours after he was struck by a car outside a shopping centre in Adeje in the south of the island.

Family friend Charlene Dinnen has already raised more than £4,000 towards funeral costs by Sunday morning, after launching an appeal on crowdfunding site Just Giving.

This is the 10-year-old boy said to have been killed by a hit-and-run driver while on holiday in Tenerife. Carter Carson, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, died in hospital on Friday

This is the 10-year-old boy said to have been killed by a hit-and-run driver while on holiday in Tenerife. Carter Carson, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, died in hospital on Friday

Police in Tenerife have released this photo of the suspected vehicle which is believed to be an Alfa Romeo

Police in Tenerife have released this photo of the suspected vehicle which is believed to be an Alfa Romeo

The vehicle has a broken front headlamp and is believed to have been found a few miles from the Gran Sur shopping centre in Adeje where the youngster was hit as he was with his family

The vehicle has a broken front headlamp and is believed to have been found a few miles from the Gran Sur shopping centre in Adeje where the youngster was hit as he was with his family

She said: 'It breaks my heart to say this but I am trying to raise money to help friends Stuart Carson and partner Clair as on Thursday what started out as a family holiday in Tenerife soon turned into a terrible tragedy when young Carter Carson was struck by a hit-and-run driver.

'Carter was taken to hospital where doctors tried their best but unfortunately they couldn't save him and Carter passed away on Friday.

'Carter was a happy-go-lucky wee boy who just loved his footy like his daddy and his grandad.

'I can't even put into words how heartbreaking this is. Sleep tight wee man xxx' 

Lisa Greer Stitt added on Facebook: 'Heartbreaking to hear the news about young Carter. Happy young lad with his life in front of him. 

Will always remember that bright beautiful smile. Fly high son, night night xxx.' 

Carter's football club 18th Newtownabbey Youth FC said in a statement first posted on Saturday

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