Young boy dies after being knocked down outside home in Wakefield

A YOUNG boy has died after being hit by a car outside a house in a quiet country lane.

Emergency services descended on the Lofthouse area of Wakefield yesterday afternoon (Jan 4) when the boy was knocked down shortly before 2.15pm.

Emergency services at the scene in Lingwell Nook Lane earlier today. Picture: @reevewestwell

Emergency services at the scene in Lingwell Nook Lane earlier today. Picture: @reevewestwell

Numerous police cars and ambulance service vehicles were joined by the air ambulance at the scene in Lingwell Nook Lane.

A police spokesman said: “A young boy sustained serious injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“Enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances around this tragic incident.”

A spokeswoman added the investigation was in its “early” stages and she provided no further details about the victim.

4 January 2017...... Emergency services at the scene on Lingwell Nook Ln, Lofthouse, Wakefield  this afternoon after a young boy was killed in a collision. Picture Tony Johnson.

4 January 2017...... Emergency services at the scene on Lingwell Nook Ln, Lofthouse, Wakefield this afternoon after a young boy was killed in a collision. Picture Tony Johnson.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Yorkshire Ambulance Service confirmed they had been called out to a serious road traffic collision along with colleagues from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

One Twitter user posted a picture showing at least six emergency services vehicles parked along the lane, which borders a field near to Lofthouse Hill Golf Course and woodland. Another image showed the air ambulance in one of the fields.

Reave Westwell, 21, who lives nearby, said: “I was at the front of my house and emergency response cars sped past.

“It’s a quiet lane in the middle of fields and I just walked down and the air ambulance was circling quite low. It landed in the field opposite.

“Then I heard lots of sirens and police cars and ambulances. They all hurried up the road and blocked it off.

“At one point there were three ambulances and nine police cars.

“All the neighbours were coming out and looking. Police said it was a sensitive issue. I’m just a bit shocked because it’s a really quiet road.”

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