Investigation into death of man on M62


The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to investigate West Yorkshire Police’s handling of calls about a man who was seen walking on the M62 motorway before he was struck by a car and killed.

Ben Lloyd was hit by a Volkswagen Polo on the west-bound carriageway of the motorway near Pontefract at 3.42am on Saturday December 21.

The 24-year-old from Doncaster had reportedly been seen walking on the motorway near to junction 32 and was the subject of three calls to West Yorkshire Police.

Details of the incident and the calls were referred to the IPCC by West Yorkshire Police on December 23.

Following an assessment of the information in the referral, an independent IPCC investigation was launched.

The investigation will look at what action was taken by West Yorkshire Police and will seek to determine whether national guidelines and the force’s own policies were correctly followed.

The IPCC has also made contact with Mr Lloyd’s family and met with them to outline the purpose of the investigation.

The IPCC is not investigating the collision.

IPCC Commissioner for West Yorkshire Cindy Butts said: “I would like to stress our investigation will be thorough and robust, and will determine if there were any failings by West Yorkshire Police.”