Saturday 24 June 2017

Boy (6) left to die by driver in hit-and-run

Police have appealed for the driver who knocked down and killed Owen Wightman (6) to come forward. Photo: PA
Police have appealed for the driver who knocked down and killed Owen Wightman (6) to come forward. Photo: PA

Dave Higgens in Leeds

A devastated family have appealed for help to find a hit-and-run driver who left their six-year-old "bundle of joy" to die.

Owen Wightman was hit while playing close to his home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, on Saturday.

Speaking at the scene yesterday, Detective Superintendent Paul Taylor said the family were "devastated".

Det Supt Taylor said he had seen Owen's parents, Joanne (33) and Neil (31), and they wanted him to read a statement.

In it, they said they had lost their "baby" and appealed for someone to come forward so they could "lay him to rest". The statement added: "He was a 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."

The detective said: "When you see the picture of Owen you'll realise what a perfect little boy he was. I would appeal for the driver to come forward and give his version of events."

Mr Wightman, who found his son dying in the street, said: "I was holding his hand and saying 'Owen, if you can hear me, please don't leave us. I love you so much, you're my little soldier'."

Irish Independent

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