Xander Irvine was just three years old when he was tragically run over and killed last summer (Image: SWNS)

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A 91-year-old woman accused of killing a three-year-old boy by dangerous driving has died before her case went to trial.

Xander Irvine and his mum Victoria, 37, were mown down when a car mounted a pavement in Edinburgh on June 30 last year.

The mother and son had been out for a walk when a red Kia hit them in front of a charity shop. They were both rushed to hospital but sadly the tot died from his injuries.

Pensioner Edith Duncan was later arrested and appeared in court last October charged with causing death by dangerous driving and driving while uninsured.

She made no plea or declaration and the trial was due to start in July, the Daily Record reports.

Well wishers threw red roses at the hearse as the boy's funeral cortege passed by
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But a Crown Office spokesman said: “As the accused is now deceased, criminal proceedings are at an end.”

Hundreds of tearful mourners lined the streets in Edinburgh as the toddler was laid to rest last year, with touching tributes including 400 red roses placed on his hearse.

A fundraiser has been launched for a bench in the toddler's memory, in the shape of a whale from Xander's favourite book, The Snail and the Whale.

He had been out for a walk with his mum when both were hit
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The bench will be placed in Morningside Playpark where the three-year-old "loved to play" for kids to enjoy "for many years to come".

More than £7,000 has already been raised since the fundraiser was launched just a day ago as well wishers left emotional tributes to the "beautiful" youngster.

In a statement previously released by the family, they said: "Xander was a very happy, bubbly, intelligent little boy who was very dearly loved by his parents Victoria and Paul.

His death prompted an outpouring of grief in Edinburgh
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"Xander was a real chatterbox who just loved books, playing with all sorts of vehicles and his Lego," they said.

"He really enjoyed life and he enriched the lives of everyone he met.

"Victoria and Paul are devastated and feel as if their hearts have been ripped out."

His distraught parents paid tribute to the boy but they will never see anyone convicted over his death
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At the time of the arrest last year, a police spokesperson said: "Police Scotland can confirm that a 91-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with a fatal road crash in Edinburgh.

"The incident happened around 2.30pm on Tuesday, 30 June, 2020, when a three year old boy was struck by a car on Morningside Road in the city.

"A full report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal."