Yusuf Jatta

(JollofNews) – The Gambian family of a four-year-old boy who died following a road traffic collision in Leeds, Yorkshire,  at the weekend have released a statement as police continue to appeal for witnesses.

Yusuf Jatta was pronounced dead at Leeds General Infirmary after being seriously injured in a collision with a Vauxhall Corsa at the junction of Chapeltown Road and Reginald Terrace at about 4.50pm on Saturday, April 29.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and is assisting the police investigation.

In a statement released by West Yorshire police, the family, they said: “Yusuf attended nursery at Hillcrest Academy and was loved by his teachers and was happy there.

“His dad had just returned from a month in Gambia and spent a day with him before this tragic accident.

A soft toy was left outside the medical centre where Yusuf was hit by a car

“Yusuf enjoyed travelling and we visited London and Scotland with him. It is unfortunate that Yusuf’s grandparents could not see him.

“The family would like to give special thanks during this difficult time to the staff and management of Hillcrest Academy, the Gambian community in the UK, the local community in Leeds and our local councillors Jane Dowson and Eileen Taylor.”

Temporary Detective Sergeant Mathew Tunney, of West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “We are doing everything we can to support the family following their loss in such sudden and tragic circumstances.

“We are continuing to carry out enquiries to build up as full a picture as possible of what happened, and would still like to hear from anyone who was in the area and witnessed the collision or the circumstances leading up to it.

“We are particularly keen to speak to the driver of a black or dark-coloured Vauxhall Meriva that was stopped at a red traffic light as we believe he would have had a good view of the incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101 quoting log number 1292 of April 29.