'Beautiful' boy, 12, killed in horror motorway crash is named as man charged

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Callum Rycroft was tragically killed in a suspected hit and run
Callum Rycroft was tragically killed in a suspected hit and run

A 12-year-old boy who died after being hit by a car on one of Britain's busiest motorways has been named.

Callum Rycroft was killed on the M62 in West Yorkshire, on Saturday night. The youngster was struck on the eastbound carriage near the town of Cleckheaton between 9.30 and 9.50pm and discovered on the westbound side.

Callum's mother described her son as "a beautiful happy soul" who "had a massive impact on everyone who met him". 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.

'Beautiful' boy, 12, killed in horror motorway crash is named as man charged eidexiqreiqtrinvThe M62 was closed in both directions after the 12-year-old boy was hit in a fatal collision on Saturday evening

"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."

Police also confirmed a 36-year-old man has been charged on Monday evening.

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Matthew Rycroft will appear before Leeds Magistrates Court charged with causing or allowing the death of a child. He was also charged with failing to provide police with a specimen.

Earlier today a second person, a 47-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The M62 was closed in both directions on Saturday night as traffic police launched an investigation into the tragic incident. Anyone with information which could help is urged to contact the force through 101 quoting log 1786 of August 5.

Susie Beever

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