Celebration for hit-and-run victim Owen Wightman

Owen Wightman , 6, of kettlethorpe, victim of hit and run
Owen Wightman , 6, of kettlethorpe, victim of hit and run

FAMILY and friends of little Owen Wightman, who was killed in a hit-and-run, will wear his favourite colour green today (July 8th) when they say goodbye to their ‘perfect little man’.

Owen was crossing Fishpond Lane, in Chapelthorpe, on Saturday, June 18, when he was struck by a car.

His parents, Joanne, 33, and Neil, 31, said they want his funeral, held today at St James’ Church, to be a celebration of his life.

Family only have been invited to Wakefield Crematorium after the service.

This will followed by a wake for family and friends at Crigglestone WMC.

Any donations made in Owen’s memory will be split between Pinderfields Hospital children’s ward and Yorkshire children’s cancer charity Candlelighters.

Today, pupils at Hendal Primary School will wear bright colours in tribute to Owen who was described by headteacher Christine Platts as a “delightful boy”.

So far almost 8,000 people have joined a group called RIP Owen Wightman on Facebook.

Last week the Express reported concerns raised by the Chapelthorpe community about Fishpond Lane.

They called for a crossing to be put on the road to prevent a similar tragedy.

A nationwide appeal was launched after Owen’s death by detectives hunting the driver responsible.

A 21-year-old Huddersfield man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was later released on police bail pending further investigations.

Anyone with information should contact the homicide and major inquiry team on 0845 6060606. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.