The dad of a 12-year-old disabled boy who died when he was hit by a car while walking along the M62 has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Callum Rycroft was struck by a Toyota on the eastbound carriageway of the motorway on August 5.
He had been trying to make his way from the central reservation to the hard shoulder when he was hit on the stretch of road between junctions 25 and 26, near Bradford.
A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service said his father Martin Rycroft had been drinking throughout the day while visiting his parents in Huddersfield with Callum.
Rycroft’s parents urged him not to drive, but he ignored them and left in his car with his son, the spokesperson said.
They added: ‘His parents called him and urged him to stop driving, but he paid no heed.’
‘Callum was heard in the background saying “Dad … won’t stop”. They also tried to follow him, but Rycroft ignored them, and his Audi was seen driving erratically in Huddersfield, before joining the M62 at junction 25.’
He managed to exit the motorway at Hartshead Moor services, but hit a kerb and overturned the vehicle after failing to negotiate a sharp bend.
The CPS said the pair began walking towards the main carriageway, adding: ‘Callum called his mother, and dialled 999, but Rycroft told him to end the call.
‘They were seen to cross the motorway to the central reservation, and then for an unknown reason tried to run back.’
Callum was killed instantly after being hit by the car, and his body was found in the westbound carriageway.
Rycroft today pleaded guilty to manslaughter and dangerous driving in a hearing at Leeds Crown Court.
He also admitted failing to provide a breath specimen at Leeds General Infirmary following the incident.
In a statement released by West Yorkshire Police, Callum’s mum said: ‘Callum was a beautiful happy soul who was unique, great fun and larger than life. He brought light, laughter and noise into any room.
‘Callum had a massive impact on everyone who met him. The house is so quiet without him here.
‘We are devastated at what has happened and request that people respect our wish for privacy at this difficult time.
‘We are very grateful for the support and kind comments we have received.’
Tom Neofytou from the CPS said: ‘Callum paid the ultimate price for his father’s careless and criminal actions, and the rest of his family are left to mourn his loss.
‘Our deepest sympathies remain with them.’
Rycroft was remanded in custody ahead of a sentencing date which will take place no earlier than September 19.
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