Boy, 12, found dead on motorway in horror hit-and-run

In a devastating hit-and-run incident on the M62 in West Yorkshire, a 12-year-old boy lost his life. The incident occurred yesterday evening when the police received reports of two individuals walking along the eastbound carriageway of the motorway. This was shortly after a one-vehicle crash involving an Audi Q5 on the slip road to Hartshead services.

Tragically, the boy was struck on the side of the road between junctions 25 and 26 near Cleckheaton at around 9.50 pm. However, his body was found on the westbound carriageway. In connection with this incident, a 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing or allowing the death of a child and is currently in police custody.

Despite the arrest, the driver of the vehicle that struck the boy has not yet been identified. The road was closed in both directions between junctions 25 and 26 at Brighouse for several hours overnight to facilitate forensic collision investigations.

Detective Chief Superintendent Sarah Jones expressed her deep condolences and called the incident an “absolutely tragic” one. The police have provided specialist support to the grieving family during this incredibly difficult time.

Investigations revealed that the young boy was attempting to make his way from the central reservation to the hard shoulder when he was hit by the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, however, failed to stop at the scene or report the collision to the police. Authorities are appealing to the driver to come forward and cooperate with their enquiries.

The road closures caused disruption for several hours, but the eastbound section was reopened at around 7.45 am, followed by the westbound section approximately two hours later.

This heart-wrenching incident has left the community in shock, and the police are urging anyone with information, particularly the driver involved, to assist them in their investigation.