George Lewis was walking with his dad on a narrow country lane near Keighley, following a do at the local cricket club when he was struck by a white van
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Devastated friends are paying tribute to a nine-year-old boy killed by a hit and run driver as he walked home from the local cricket club with his dad.
Schoolboy George Lewis was walking with his dad on a narrow country lane on Friday night, following a do at the local cricket club when he was struck by a white van.
The driver fled the scene, but later headed into the local police station to turn himself in.
The scene of the tragedy, on Sutton Lane, near Keighley, West Yorkshire, has been adorned with Floral tributes and stuffed toys.
A note at the scene read: ”To George I’m gonna really really miss you”.
“I really hope you won’t forget me I will always remember the brilliant times wee had together (sic). You always use to make me wee my pants laughing especially on Fortnite you will always be one of my best friends Lots of love our Good Pall Woody xxx”
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident.
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According to a statement from West Yorkshire Police, officers were called shortly after 9.30pm on Friday to a report of a collision on Sutton Lane, Keighley, near the junction with Knott Lane.
“Emergency services attended, including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, despite medical treatment, a nine-year-old boy was pronounced deceased at the scene,” the statement read.
“It was reported that a white van was in collision with the boy, and another pedestrian who suffered minor injuries, before making off from the scene.”
A 49-year-old man later attended a police station in North Yorkshire, and has since been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Police said he remains in custody at this time.
Detective Sergeant Fiona Allan, of West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Enquiry Team, said the top priority of police at this stage, was supporting his family and ensuring that a thorough investigation was carried out into the events that had led to his death.
“This collision has happened right on the border of West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire,” she said.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who has witnessed this collision or who believes they may have seen the van involved immediately prior to or following this incident.”
Anyone with relevant information can pass this on to the Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101 or 101 Live Chat on the West Yorkshire Police website, quoting crime reference 13210474457 .