Police are actively investigating a heart-wrenching collision that resulted in the tragic death of a young boy on the M62. The incident occurred on the eastbound carriageway of the motorway between junctions 25 and 26, near Cleckheaton, on a fateful Saturday night (August 5). Following the incident, authorities have made a second arrest in connection with the case, as their diligent enquiries into the matter continue.
The individual arrested is a 47-year-old man hailing from the Bolton area. He is now in custody, facing suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The collision involved a black Toyota C-HR car, which was recovered by the officers from the Major Collision and Enquiry Team (MCET) as they work relentlessly to piece together the events leading up to the tragedy.
Additionally, another man, aged 36, has also been arrested in connection with the incident. He is being held in police custody on suspicion of causing or allowing the death of a child. The investigation is ongoing to understand his role in the unfortunate sequence of events.
As the authorities strive to uncover the circumstances surrounding the collision, it has come to light that the young boy had been seen walking on the motorway with a man after an earlier collision involving an Audi Q5 on the slip road to Hartshead Services. Subsequently, while on the carriageway, the boy was struck by the Toyota car, resulting in the devastating loss of his life.
During this difficult time, specially trained officers are providing support and comfort to the grieving family of the young victim. The police are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to find answers and ensure justice is served for the heartbreaking loss of this innocent life. As the investigation progresses, the community and the family await with heavy hearts, hoping for clarity and closure in the wake of this tragedy.
Detective Chief Superintendent Sarah Jones, said: “We continue to conduct a number of enquiries into this dreadful incident and to support the victim’s family.
“A man believed to be driving the Toyota C-HR which failed to stop after it was in collision with the victim, has now been arrested and will be questioned about the incident.
“As part of our enquiries, we are appealing for anyone who has CCTV or dashcam footage of the Toyota C-HR’s movements after the collision with the child to contact us.
“We would appeal for footage taken of the black Toyota, which had sustained damage to its front and windscreen, taken between 9.50pm and 10.30pm during which period we believe the car travelled from the Chain Bar roundabout along Whitehall Road (A58) towards the junction with Westfield Lane.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team by using 101 Live Chat or by calling 101, quoting log 1786 of 5 August. “