Leeds & West Yorkshire

Owen Wightman hit-and-run: Police make arrest

Owen Wightman
Image caption Owen Wightman's parents described him as a "perfect little man"

A 21-year-old man has been arrested over a hit-and-run incident in West Yorkshire in which a six-year-old boy died.

The man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and is being questioned by police.

Owen Wightman, of Kettlethorpe, Wakefield, was hit by a car on Fishponds Lane, in nearby Chapelthorpe, shortly after midday on Saturday.

The driver of the car failed to stop at the scene.

The youngster had been out playing with a seven-year-old friend and was on his way home when he was hit by the car.

In a statement released on Monday, Owen's parents Joanne and Neil said their son was "a bundle of joy - our little ray of sunshine".

Masses of floral tributes and teddy bears have been left at the crash scene.

Owen's elder brother Jack left a note which read: "You were the best bro' ever. Even when we used to fight and argue I still loved you anyway."

Another note said: "To mummy and daddy's little soldier, forever in our hearts, love u always."

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