A COUNCILLOR has insisted she will discuss any safety measures that can be implemented on the narrow country lane where a young child sadly passed away from a hit and run.

A 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving yesterday after a nine-year-old boy lost his life tragically in Keighley on Friday night.

Officers were called shortly after 9.30pm to a report of a collision on Sutton Lane, Keighley, near the junction with Knott Lane.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) received a call at 9.23pm and sent out the air ambulance, two doctors, a clinical supervisor, and an ambulance.

It is understood a police helicopter was also present.

But, despite medical treatment, the young boy was pronounced deceased at the scene.

It was reported that a white van was in collision with the boy, and another pedestrian who suffered minor injuries, before making off from the scene.

A man later attended at a police station in North Yorkshire and remains in custody at this time.

Craven Ward councillor Rebecca Whitaker is keen to talk about what can be done to make Sutton Lane safer in the future.

She said: "I was extremely saddened to hear of this incident when police called me late Friday evening.

"Any loss is a tragedy but particularly so when it involves the death of a young child.

"My thoughts and heartfelt sympathy go the family at this incredibly sad time.

"Police have arrested someone on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and are keeping me updated on the case.

"I will be speaking with the Principal Highway Officer, first thing in the morning, to discuss any safety measures for this narrow country lane which lies on the boundary of the Craven Ward."

Police are still appealing for witnesses following the incident.

Detective Sergeant Fiona Allan, of West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “A nine-year-old boy has tragically lost his life and our top priority is supporting his family and ensuring that a thorough investigation is carried out into the events that have led to his death.

“This collision has happened right on the border of West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire, and we are keen to speak to anyone who has witnessed this collision or who believes they may have seen the van involved immediately prior to or following this incident.”

Information can be passed to the Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101 or 101 Live Chat on the West Yorkshire Police website, quoting crime reference 13210474457.