THE devastated mother of a 24-year-old man killed while walking along the M62 motorway just days before Christmas has paid tribute to her “incredible” son.
Electrician Ben Lloyd, 24, was struck by a car as he walked along the motorway near Castleford just after 3.30am on Saturday December 21.
Mr Lloyd is understood to have last been seen by his friends at about 1am after a night out in Pontefract.
His mother Jenny Lloyd, 49, of Womersley near Knottingley, said: “There’s a gap until he was found on the M62 headed towards Normanton, away from home.”
Mrs Lloyd, her husband Paul, 50, and their daughter Sarah, 23, have been left shattered by Ben’s death.
She added:“I can’t believe he is gone. Ben was crazily happy about everything.
“He always looked on the bright side. As soon as he came home the phone was ringing and the house came alive.
“He couldn’t look at you without a smile. He was incredible.
“I shouldn’t be going to a churchyard and finding him in a grave. The life we had has gone.”
An inquest in to Mr Lloyd’s death has been opened and adjourned at Wakefield Coroner’s Court.
The inquest opening was told Mr Lloyd was struck by a VW Polo while walking along the middle lane of an unlit section of the motorway between junction 29 and 30.
A provisional cause of death was given as multiple injuries.
West Yorkshire Police has voluntarily referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission after the force received a number of reports about a pedestrian on the motorway at 3.20am.
The force notified the Highways Agency but did not dispatch officers to the scene.
West Yorkshire’s assistant chief constable Mark Milsom said: “A referral was made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in relation to the handling of a number of calls received during the early hours of Saturday December 21, reporting a pedestrian on the M62.”