A MAN charged with dangerous driving following the death of a young boy on the M62 is to face trial.

In a brief appearance at Bradford Crown Court on Tuesday, Shahid Ilyas pleaded not guilty to driving dangerously on August 5, 2023, on the eastbound carriageway of the M62 between junctions 25 and 26 near Cleckheaton.

Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court previously heard that Ilyas, 48, of Moorfield Chase, Farnworth, Bolton, had been driving a black Toyota that was involved in a fatal collision on the night in question.

At that hearing, he also faced charges of failing to stop after a road accident and failing to report that accident - summary charges that are usually dealt with at magistrates’ court.

He will face a trial at the crown court for the charge of dangerous driving.

The earlier hearing was told the father of the victim had been dealt with in relation to offences around the death.

Last November Matthew Rycroft, 37, was jailed for 10 years for the manslaughter of his son, Callum, aged 12.

Callum was hit by a car whilst walking on the eastbound carriageway of the M62 between junction 25 at Brighouse and junction 26 at Chain Bar at 9.50pm on Saturday, August 5, 2023.

It is alleged that Mr Ilyas was the driver of that car.

Harry Crowson, defending Ilyas, told the court: “He says he couldn’t stop on the motorway. He stopped at the first place that seemed safe to him.”

Her Honour Judge Sophie McKone granted Mr Ilyas unconditional bail and set a one-day trial for October 10 this year.