Tragedy leads to campaign

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

A COMMUNITY left shocked by the killing of of a six-year-old boy in a hit-and-run are calling for action to prevent further tragedy.

Little Owen Wightman was killed when he was hit by a car as he crossed Fishpond Lane, in Chapelthorpe, on Saturday, June 18.

Now people living close to the scene are campaigning for a crossing to be introduced to the busy stretch of road.

Steven Owen, 55, of Penrose Place, said: “There is nowhere safe to cross the road. There are lots of young children live around here, I have four grandchildren, and the road is a big concern.”

Bernard Higgs, 78, of Fairbrook Road, said he often saw drivers exceeding the 30mph speed limit

Penny Hughes, 43, of Melton Road, said: “Why should a tragedy like this have to happen before something gets done.”

A spokeswoman for Wakefield Council said: “Like everyone else, Wakefield Council would like to do all that it can to prevent another tragic incident from occurring.

“The police are carrying out an investigation into what happened, and we are of course co-operating with this investigation. Fishpond Lane does not have a high incidence of accidents, but until the investigation has been concluded it is still too early to comment on what, if any, action may be required.”

An inquest into Owen’s death was opened on Thursday.

The hearing was told that police were alerted to the tragedy at 12.25pm by the ambulance service.

Despite attempts to resuscitate Owen, he was pronounced dead at Pinderfields Hospital at 1.40pm.

Deputy coroner Melanie Williamson adjourned the inquest to allow for further inquiries.

A 21-year-old Huddersfield man who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving was released on police bail last Thursday pending further investigations.

Anyone with information should contact HMET on 0845 6060606.