Driver arrested over hit-and-run incident after teenager fell from bridge onto M6
A driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after hitting and killing a teenager who had fallen 30ft from a bridge that traverses the M6 motorway near Leyland.
A car - described by investigating police officers as being a 'dark coloured saloon' - struck Aaron Cook, 16, of Keepers Wood Way, Chorley, after he fell from a footbridge above the motorway.
Witnesses have said that four other cars successfully swerved and avoided Aaron as he lay in the road but a fifth car struck him and that driver failed to stop at the scene of the accident or report it.
A 38-year-old man from Stoke was in police custody yesterday being questioned about the incident.
Sgt Dave Hogarth from the Staffordshire Force Road Policing Unit, told The Daily Mail: "This is a tragic incident in which a young man has lost his life and we are doing all we can to identify his next of kin and establish the circumstances of exactly what happened.
"The vehicle that collided with [the] man is described as a dark coloured saloon and I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this collision to contact us."
The Lancashire Evening Post reported Aaron Cook's family said in a statement: "He loved spending time with his friends and family and will be deeply missed."
Condolences have been flooding into social media channel, while a spokesperson for Runshaw College – where Aaron was studying Childcare – said: "Aaron was one of our trainee apprentices and he will be hugely missed.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this incredibly sad time."