Family pay tribute to 'beautiful, happy' boy, 12, killed in motorway hit and run

A family has paid tribute to a ‘larger than life’ 12-year-old boy who was killed in a hit in and run.

Callum Rycroft died on a stretch of the M62 in West Yorkshire on Saturday night, after he was struck by a Toyota C-HR car between junctions 25 and 26 at around 9.50pm.

Now his devastated mum has spoken out about her son, in a statement released by the police.

She 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.’

Callum’s grandma Susan Hinchliffe described her beloved grandson as ‘lovely’ and revealed details about who he was.

She told Yorkshire Live: ‘He is autistic. He was a lovely boy and loved all kinds of cleaning gadgets, especially Henry vacuum cleaners, and fire alarms too. He wasn’t interested in normal toys.’

Police believe that Callum had been walking on the motorway with a man after an earlier collision involving an Audi Q5 on the slip road to Hartshead Moor services.

The force said that no other vehicles are believed to have been involved in that collision.

A 47-year-old man from Bolton was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving today.

It comes after a 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing or allowing the death of a child on Saturday. He remains in police custody.

On Sunday, detective chief superintendent Sarah Jones said: ‘This is an absolutely tragic incident that has resulted in the death of a young boy.

‘We have specialist officers supporting his family at this extremely difficult time. We understand that he was trying to make his way from the central reservation to the hard shoulder when he has been hit by a vehicle.

‘The driver of this vehicle has not stopped at the scene or reported this collision to the police, and I would urge them to come forward now and assist us in our enquiries.

‘We are also asking anyone who was driving along the M62 between Hartshead Moor and the M606 last night between 9.30pm and 9.50pm to please check any dashcam footage you may have of this incident.’

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