THE Easter break was one of tragedy for a close-knit Helidon family.
Fifteen-year-old Utah Noll was killed on the side of the Warrego Highway after he was accidentally struck by a four-wheel-drive vehicle at 9.15pm on Thursday.
Utah spent the day with his mother in Helidon before travelling back to Toowoomba where he was a Year 10 student at Toowoomba State High School.
A woman was driving Utah and two youths home when the accident occurred.
Sergeant Howard Glass of Helidon police said Utah became unsettled in the vehicle.
Sgt Glass said the woman pulled over and tried to calm him down, however Utah got out of the car and was accidentally hit by a Nissan Pathfinder on the westbound lanes. The four-wheel-drive was driven by a family on their way to New South Wales for Easter.
CPR was performed on Utah but he sustained critical injuries and died at the scene.
His mother Rachel Noll said her son was happiest spending time with his family including siblings Lohn, 17, Ashley, 16, Sapphire, 11 and Tyson, 10.
"He absolutely loved being with the family. He was just a really happy-go-lucky kid. He was my best mate," she said.
"He was one of a kind. He will be sadly missed and was taken too soon."
Police will prepare a report for the coroner.