West Yorkshire: man arrested after boy, 9, dies in ‘hit and run’

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A man has been arrested after a nine-year-old boy died when he was hit by a van which is said to have made off from the scene.

West Yorkshire police are appealing for witnesses to the incident in Keighley on Friday.

Officers were called shortly after 9.30pm to a report of a collision on Sutton Lane near the junction with Knott Lane. An air ambulance and other emergency services attended but the boy died at the scene.

Police said it was reported that a white van hit the boy and another pedestrian who suffered minor injuries, before making off from the scene.

A 49-year-old man later presented at a police station in North Yorkshire and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He remains in custody.

DS Fiona Allan, of West Yorkshire police’s major collision inquiry team, said: “A nine-year-old boy has tragically lost his life and our top priority is supporting his family and ensuring that a thorough investigation is carried out into the events that have led to his death.

“This collision has happened right on the border of West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire and we are keen to speak to anyone who has witnessed this collision or who believes they may have seen the van involved immediately prior to or following this incident.”

Police said information can be passed to the major collision inquiry team via 101 or 101 live chat on the West Yorkshire police website, quoting crime reference 13210474457.

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