M62 tragedy: CCTV plea to trace women

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Police are trying to trace two women who were with a man on the night he was killed after being hit by a car on the M62.

Ben Lloyd, 24, of Womersley, died instantly after being hit by a Volkswagen Polo as he walked along the motorway near Castleford just after 3.40am on Saturday, December 21, 2013.

Police want to speak to the two women, pictured, as possible witnesses after they were spotted on CCTV socialising with Mr Lloyd in Pontefract shortly before he died.

Officers believe Mr Lloyd left the Malt Shovel with a group of four people – including the two women – at 1.30am and walked through the Corn Market to the Horse Vaults. At around 2am he got into a silver Vauxhall Vectra taxi with the women, one who was wearing a black dress with a strap on the back and one who was wearing a dress with spots on.

The taxi stopped at Natwest Bank on Ropergate before dropping the women off in the Smawthorne area of Castleford. Mr Lloyd is believed to have got out at the BP Garage on Park Road, Glass Houghton.

PC Carl Sapsford, from the major collision enquiry team, said: “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to Ben’s tragic death and would like to speak to the group pictured in these images, who we know were with Ben before he left Pontefract.

“As part of our enquiries we have been working to build up a picture of Ben’s movements on the night and would like to speak to the women who we believe were friends of his but not known to other friends or relatives of the 24-year-old who we have spoken to. I really do want to stress we only want to speak to them as witnesses to help us build up a picture of Ben’s movements and demeanour. A great deal of work has been underway to piece together Ben’s movements on the night and we are continuing our investigations.”

Anyone with information should call PC Carl Sapsford on 101.