Family devastated by hit and run death - update

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

DETECTIVES hunting a hit and run driver who killed a little boy say his family are devastated.

Six year-old Owen Wightman, of Kettlethorpe, had been playing with his friend when he was hit by a grey or light coloured small hatchback car at 12.20pm on Fishpond Lane, Chapelthorpe on Saturday.

Detective Superintendent Paul Taylor, from the Force’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team is leading the enquiry.

He said: “Owen’s family are absolutely devastated by what has happened, we need to speak to the driver of this vehicle immediately.”

In a statement, Owen’s parents, Joanne, 33, and Neil, 31, said: “He was perfect little man who was taken from us - just perfect in every way.

“He walked into a room and lit it up. He was our bundle of joy and our little ray of sunshine.”

Det supt Taylor said a number of items had been recovered from the scene which were being forensically examined and CCTV footage is being studied by his team.

He said: “I would appeal for the driver to come forward before we have to go and knock on his door.

“We believe the driver was a young white male and the vehicle is likely to have front end damage as a result of the collision.”

Anyone with any information should contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team via: 0845 6060606.