‘Precious’ best friends killed after Suzuki off-road motorbike hits car in horror crash

Two best friends have died in a horror crash which saw an off-road motorbike crash into a car in Oldham.

Harry Atkinson and Lewis Meeson were on the yellow Suzuki motorbike when it collided with a gray Ford Kuga in the town of Royton on Friday morning, April 15.

Their heartbroken families have paid tribute to their ‘precious’ and ‘beloved’ sons, who died after receiving critical injuries in the crash shortly before 11am.

Harry Atkinson, pictured, died after being critically injured in the crash in Oldham on Friday morning, April 15

Lewis Meeson, pictured, was also critically injured in the crash.  Both men had been on a Suzuki off-road bike when it collided with a car

Lewis Meeson, pictured, was also critically injured in the crash. Both men had been on a Suzuki off-road bike when it collided with a car

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has said its Serious Collision Investigation Unit is looking into the incident, which took place near the junction of High Barn Street and Cardigan Street.

The driver of the Ford remained at the scene and is assisting police with their inquiries.

No arrests have been made and GMP continues to appeal for information and dash-cam footage.

The family of Harry, who was 20 years old and worked as a plumber, said: ‘Words can not describe how it feels to lose our youngest child, Harry – our son – in such a tragic way.

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, including ambulance crews and firefighters (pictured), both men died

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, including ambulance crews and firefighters (pictured), both men died

‘Our hearts are broken. Harry is a much-loved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, uncle and friend.

‘His life and his death will touch many people – most of all those who love him dearly.

‘Harry was 20, a loving kind and thoughtful young man; so full of life – happy in his job as a plumber with his whole life ahead of him.

‘We want to thank all the first responders who tried their best to save both Harry and his friend’s lives and supported the other people involved in the terrible incident.

‘Thanks to the police who showed such kindness and compassion, and thanks for everyone’s kind words and support.

‘Harry is precious to us and as we try to come to terms with the harsh reality that he is not coming home, we ask that people give us as a family some privacy, time and space in grieve in our own way.’

The family of Lewis, who was 21 years old, said: ‘The family has been completely devastated by the loss of our beloved Lewis.

‘We are truly humbled by the outpouring of love and support from the community and from Lewis’ friends and family.

The families of the men, who were also attended to by the air ambulance (pictured), have paid tribute to their 'precious' and 'beloved' sons

The families of the men, who were also attended to by the air ambulance (pictured), have paid tribute to their ‘precious’ and ‘beloved’ sons

‘This has reinforced what we already knew; that he is loved and cherished by everyone who knew him.

‘The family would like to thank everybody for the hundreds of kind, positive messages that have been received.

‘We are so grateful and it has brought much comfort at this horrific time.’

A GoFundMe page has been set up in memory of the couple with money set to be given to the families to help with funeral costs.

Greater Manchester Police has confirmed the incident is being looked into by its Serious Crash Investigation Unit

Greater Manchester Police has confirmed the incident is being looked into by its Serious Crash Investigation Unit

Sergeant Phil Shaw, of the Greater Manchester Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: ‘My thoughts go out to the families of the two young men who have tragically lost their lives today after this awful incident.

‘We are doing what we can to understand how this collision came to be to ensure that the families of both victims are given the answers they need, and our specialist officers are offering them support at this devastating time.

‘If you were in the area shortly before 11am and have dash-cam footage, or may have seen the vehicles involved in this collision, then I urge you to contact us so we can piece together as much information we can to establish the circumstances of this morning’s events. ‘

Anyone with information should call GMP on 0161 856 4741, quoting incident 1045 or 15/04/2022.

Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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