Bus driver is arrested on suspicion of drug-driving after pedestrian, 20, is hit and killed – as police appeal for witnesses

  • Josh Highley, 20, from Halifax, West Yorkshire, was hit by a bus on Friday June 3
  • The man died from his injuries at the scene in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire 
  • Police arrested the driver on suspicion of drug-driving before releasing him
  • The driver remains under investigation, and police are appealing for witnesses
  • Christina Jones, the man’s mother, said her son was ‘very well known’ in the area

A bus driver has been arrested on suspicion of drug-driving, after a 20-year-old pedestrian was hit and killed by the vehicle. 

The pedestrian, named locally as Josh Highley, was struck as he walked along Burnley Road in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, on Friday (June 3).

Josh, from the Lee Mount area of Halifax, West Yorkshire, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The bus driver was held on suspicion of driving while over the prescribed limit for drugs.

Friends and family paid tribute to Josh on social media after his death. 

The pedestrian, named locally as Josh Highley (pictured), was struck as he walked along Burnley Road in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, on Friday (June 3).

The 20-year-old was hit and killed by a bus while he was walking along Burnley Road (pictured) in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire

A floral tribute to Josh was laid on Burnley Road where Josh was killed, with a picture on Instagram captioned: ‘I have left flowers for you boy. Josh Highley, fly high beautiful’

One wrote Facebook: ‘RIP mate. No one deserves to go so young. 

‘Thoughts go out to you and your family.’

Another friend said: ‘We love and miss you Josh’ while a third added, ‘I am gutted, heartbroken. So going to miss you lad.’

A floral tribute to Josh was laid on Burnley Road where Josh was killed, with a picture on Instagram captioned: ‘I have left flowers for you boy. Josh Highley, fly high beautiful’. 

The man’s mother, Christina Jones, a mother-of-two, told Yorkshire Live her son was ‘very well known’ in the area and would be greatly missed.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward with their accounts or dashcam footage. Pictured: Josh Highley with a friend

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward with their accounts or dashcam footage. Pictured: Josh Highley with a friend

Tributes poured in for Josh Highley, 20, who died on Friday June 3 after he was hit by a bus in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, as the vehicle's operator is arrested for drug-driving

Tributes poured in for Josh Highley, 20, who died on Friday June 3 after he was hit by a bus in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, as the vehicle’s operator is arrested for drug-driving

Ms Jones is being supported by a police liaison officer.

Police said the driver has since been released under investigation and they have appealed for witnesses.

Anyone who has dashcam footage of the incident is also being urged to get in touch

The coroner has been passed the file and an inquest will be opened in due course to establish the circumstances of Josh’s death. 

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