A footballer has been killed after a crash at a ‘car meet’ in Warrington.

Sam Harding, from Stockport, died after being hit by a black Audi S3 on Sunday, April 10. The 20-year-old, who is believed to have played for Glossop North End, has been described as a ‘sweet angel’ by family members.

In a tribute, Sam’s family said: “Our beautiful son was tragically taken away from us on Sunday 10 April 2022. A much loved son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend to many. We will never ever forget you Sam and will love you forever. Rest in peace sweet angel, love Mum, Dad and Amy xx.”

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Emergency services were called to Kingsland Grange, Warrington, at around 9.40pm on Sunday to reports of a collision between a car and a pedestrian. Sam Harding was rushed to Warrington District General hospital but pronounced dead a short time later.

The driver of the car, a 21-year-old man from Morley, Leeds, was uninjured. He was arrested at the scene on suspicion causing death by dangerous driving.

Sergeant Simon Degg, from the Serious and Complex Collision Investigation Unit said: “Enquiries in relation to this incident are in the early stages and we are committed to doing everything we can to establish what has taken place. We know that there were a large number of people present at the ‘car meet’ and as part of our investigation we are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision.

“The same goes for anyone with any video footage from the event – both of the collision itself and before and after the incident. I’d urge anyone with any information, no matter how small, to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information or video footage which may aid the investigation is asked to contact Cheshire Police at https://www.cheshire.police.uk/police-forces/cheshire-constabulary/areas/cheshire/about-us/about-us/provide-more-information-about-an-appeal / or on 101, quoting IML 1242714. Information can also be reported anonymously, via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.