First speaks out after death of man, 20, hit by bus in Sowerby Bridge

The bus company whose driver hit a 20-year-old pedestrian in Sowerby Bridge on Friday night has spoken for the first time about the tragedy.

Josh Highley, 20, of Lee Mount, Halifax, was pronounced dead at the scene in Burnley Road with police saying a bus driver had been arrested on suspicion of driving over the prescribed limit (drugs).

A spokesman for First Halifax said: “We can confirm that a service was involved in an incident with a pedestrian in Sowerby Bridge last Friday, 3 June. Our sympathies are with the family and friends of the man who died. We are supporting our driver and will assist the police with its investigation.”

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Today, (Mon), the deceased’s mother, Christina Jones, a mum-of-two told ExaminerLive she was too upset to talk in detail about her eldest son’s death apart from saying he was well-known in the area. But other friends of his paid tribute to him saying how much they would miss him.

Over the weekend West Yorkshire Police said: “Officers were called at 5.09 yesterday evening, Friday, June 3, to Burnley Road to reports a bus had been in collision with a pedestrian. The 20-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. The bus driver was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving over the prescribed limit (drugs), he has been released under investigation.”

Police want anyone who saw the collision to get in touch with the immediately. They are also appealing to anyone with dashcam footage. Information can be given through the WYP website or by calling 101 and quoting log 1282 of June 3.

A file has been passed to the coroner and an inquest will be opened and adjourned in due course.

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