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Woman, 27, dies after falling from moving van in Wakefield

Man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

Andy Gregory
Saturday 20 January 2024 15:52 GMT
Leah Senior died as a result of injuries sustained in the incident
Leah Senior died as a result of injuries sustained in the incident (West Yorkshire Police)

A 27-year-old woman has died after falling from a moving van in Wakefield, police have said.

Homicide detectives are investigating after Leah Senior, from Huddersfield, died from injuries sustained from falling from a white Transit van.

The fatal incident occurred on Wednesday evening on the southern outskirts of the West Yorkshire city.

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A 25-year-old man from Kirklees was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drug driving offences. He has since been bailed pending further enquiries.

Police are appealing to speak to anyone who was in the area of the Denby Dale Road and Hollin Lane between 8.20 and 8.40pm and either witnessed or has footage of the incident, or who saw the white Transit van just prior to the incident.

Residents expressed their shock on social media as West Yorkshire Police disclosed the 27-year-old’s identity on Saturday morning.

Locals living in Denby Dale Road witnessed a large emergency services response on Wednesday evening, and later discovered that Leah had died.

“I saw police put up a tent and knew it was a fatality,” one resident told Yorkshire Live. “It’s really horrible to think about.”

Anyone who can assist enquiries is asked to contact HMET on 101 referencing police log 1604 of January 17.

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