Hit-run boy 'was bundle of joy'
A devastated family has appealed for help to find a hit-and-run driver who left their six-year-old "bundle of joy" to die.
Owen Wightman was hit by a car while out playing with his seven-year-old friend close to his home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, on Saturday.
Speaking at the scene, Detective Superintendent Paul Taylor said the family are "devastated, absolutely devastated".
Mr Taylor said he had seen Owen's parents, Joanne, 33, and Neil, 31, and they wanted him to read a statement.
In it, they said they had lost their "baby" and appealed for someone to come forward so they could "lay him to rest".
The statement went on: "He was perfect little man who was taken from us - just perfect in every way. He walked into a room and lit it up. He was our bundle of joy and our little ray of sunshine."
Mr Taylor said: "When you see the picture of Owen you'll realise what a perfect little boy he was. Absolute angel. Blue eyes. Blond hair. And you can imagine what a blow this must be to his mum and dad and his family."
Mr Taylor, who is from West Yorkshire Police's homicide and major inquiry team, appealed for the driver - thought to be white, in his early 20s and the lone occupant of a light blue or grey hatchback - to come forward. He said CCTV of the car taken from a passing bus is being analysed.
The car was coming down a hill when it hit Owen on Fishpond Lane, in the Chapelthorpe area of Wakefield, at about 12.20pm on Saturday, he said. The vehicle then took a left turn in Haveroid Lane - just 100 yards from the scene - where it immediately stopped and a witness saw the man get out to check his vehicle, he said.
The family said Owen leaves two brothers - Jack, 12, and one-year-old Thomas.