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Heartbroken families pay tribute to two young men killed in Good Friday crash

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 18th April 2022

The heartbroken families of two young men who were killed in a horror crash in Royton on Good Friday have paid an emotional tribute to them.

Harry Atkinson and Lewis Meeson, aged 20 and 21 respectively, have been named as the men who died after the collision in Oldham on 15 April.

The pair were riding a yellow Suzuki off-road motorbike when they collided with a grey Ford Kuga on High Barn Street shortly before 11am.

They both died from critical injuries sustained in the accident.

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Harry and Lewis’ families have both paid tribute to the Royton locals over the weekend, describing them as ‘kind and thoughtful’ while thanking the outpouring of support from the community.

The crash occurred around High Barn Street in Royton. Credit: Google Maps

Harry’s family said: “Words can’t describe how it feels to lose our youngest child, Harry – our son – in such a tragic way. Our hearts are broken.

“Harry is a much-loved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, uncle and friend.

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“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.

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‘Precious’: Harry Atkinson, 20, has been named as one of the men who died in the crash. Credit: GMP

“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 isn’t 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 21-year-old Lewis said: “The family has been completely devastated by the loss of our beloved Lewis.

‘Loved and cherished’: Lewis Meeson, 21, also died in the accident. Credit: GMP

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

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

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“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.”

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Harry and Lewis’ deaths are subject to an ongoing investigation by the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

No arrests have been made and GMP are appealing for information and dash cam footage. The driver of the Ford remained at the scene and is assisting with enquiries.

Anyone with information can call 0161 856 4741 quoting incident 1045 of 15 April, or pass on details anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Featured image: GMP