Man appears in court charged over death of boy, 12, who was killed as he walked on M62 in horror crash

A MAN appeared in court today charged with the death of a 12-year-old boy who died while walking on the motorway.

Callum Rycroft was hit by a Toyota C-HR on the east carriage of the M62 on Saturday night.

Callum died after being hit by a car on the M62


Callum died after being hit by a car on the M62Photo credit: PA

Police believe he was traveling with a man on the motorway after a previous accident involving an Audi Q5 on the access road to Hartshead Services.

Matthew Rycroft has been charged with causing or allowing the death of a child Drive dangerous.

The 36-year-old, who is also accused of failing to provide a sample, appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court today.

He was wearing a gray prison tracksuit and appeared to have injuries to his face, including cuts and bruises.

Vanessa Jones, prosecutor, told the court that the offenses were “all part of the same incident”.

Rycroft, seated with his head bowed, spoke during the brief hearing only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

He was taken into custody next appears at Leeds Crown Court on September 5.

Police were urged towards the M62 between junctions 25 and 26 at around 9.50pm on Saturday.

Officials believe Callum was trying to get off the median and into the hard shoulder when he was hit by the Toyota.

The horror A separate single vehicle accident followed, involving the Audi earlier in the night.

In tribute to her son, Callum’s mother said, “Callum was a beautiful, happy soul, one of a kind, very funny and larger than life.”

“He brought light, laughter and noise to every room.

“Callum made a tremendous impression on everyone who met him. It’s so quiet in the house without him.”

“We are devastated by what has happened and ask people to respect our desire for privacy at this difficult time.”

“We are very grateful for the support and nice comments we have received.”

A 47-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing his death by dangerous driving has been released on bail pending further investigation.

Callum's death followed an earlier accident involving an Audi


Callum’s death followed an earlier accident involving an AudiPicture credits: © YappApp

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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