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Van driver arrested in Leeds after crashing into teen cyclists, killing one and injuring two others

Police believe he was overtaking a car when he hit the three teenagers head-on

Police in West Yorkshire have arrested a man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a 14-year-old boy was killed while cycling in Leeds last night following a collision that also left two other boys, both aged 15, injured.

West Yorkshire Police said that the fatal crash happened at around 7.10pm as the three teenagers were cycling along Bullerthorpe Lane towards Woodlesford when they were hit by a white Mercedes Sprinter dropside van being driven in the opposite direction towards Colton.

Officers believe that the driver of the van was overtaking a white Volkswagen Polo, with which it also collided, at the time of the crash. Both drivers stayed at the scene.

The 14-year-old was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary where he died due to his injuries.

One of the 15-year-olds sustained serious injuries, not believed to be life-threatening, and remains in hospital, while the other was treated in hospital for slight injuries and subsequently released.

Police confirmed that they have arrested a 28-year-old man from Castleford, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and that he remains in  custody.

Sergeant Carl Quinn from the West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “This is clearly a very tragic situation for the family of the boy who has died and we are doing everything we can to support them at what is understandably a very difficult time for them.

“We are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances of this incident and we would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision itself or who saw the vehicles involved or the three boys on bikes in the time leading up to the collision.

“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who has any dashcam footage that could assist the investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101 quoting reference 13180530099.

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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