Porsche driver arrested and police call for dashcam footage after boy, 11, dies in A64 crash

The A64 near Grimston Bar (Google Maps)
The A64 near Grimston Bar (Google Maps)

POLICE are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage following a crash on the A64 in which an 11-year-old boy died.

Officers investigating the collision have issued an appeal to motorists and hauliers who may have any dash-cam footage of the traffic situation prior to the collision or of the collision itself.

The crash was reported at around 1.30pm on Monday, on the eastbound carriageway of the A64 at the junction with the A1079 at Grimston Bar.

It involved a white Peugeot drop-sided van which was towing a trailer, a silver Vauxhall Zafira and a grey Porsche. All the vehicles were travelling in the same direction and were in lane two when the collision happened. The Peugeot and the Zafira are believed to have been stationary in heavy traffic at the time of the collision.

Six people from Bradford - a man and woman and their four children were in the Vauxhall Zafira. The woman and the four children were injured, and one of the children, an 11-year-old boy, was pronounced dead when he arrived at hospital. The woman and three other children sustained serious but believed non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Porsche, a man in his forties, sustained minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Police said on Tuesday afternoon that he had been released on bail while enquiries continue.

The driver of the Peugeot van was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The road was closed while emergency services - including police, road and air ambulances, and the fire and rescue service - tended to the casualties and to allow collision investigators to examine the scene. It reopened at around 9.30pm once the vehicles had been recovered.

Sgt Julian Pearson of North Yorkshire Police, said: "The traffic was heavy on the A64 at the time and it's possible that there will have been motorists, especially hauliers, who could have dash-cam footage of either the traffic situation in the moments before the crash, or have footage of the collision itself. I urge them, or anyone else who witnessed the collision or saw any of the vehicles involved prior to the crash, to contact us."

Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.