Two best friends died in a horrific accident when an off-road motorcycle crashed into a car in Oldham.
Harry Atkinson and Lewis Mison were on a yellow Suzuki motorcycle when it collided with a gray Ford Kuga in Royton on Friday morning, April 15th.
Their heartbroken families paid tribute to their “precious” and “beloved” sons who died after suffering critical injuries in a crash just before 11 am.
Harry Atkinson (pictured) died after suffering serious injuries in an accident in Oldham on the morning of Friday 15 April.
Lewis Mison, pictured, was also seriously injured in the accident. Both men were in a Suzuki SUV when he collided with the vehicle.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said its Major Collision Investigation Unit is investigating 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 helping police investigate.
No arrests have been made and GMP continues to request information and dashcam footage.
The family of Harry, who was 20 years old and worked as a plumber, said: “Words cannot describe what it is like to lose our youngest child, Harry – our son – in such a tragic way.”
Despite the best efforts of emergency services, including ambulance crews and firefighters (pictured), both men died.
“Our hearts are broken. Harry is a very beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, uncle and friend.
“His life and his death will affect many people, especially those who love him very much.
“Harry was 20 years old, he was a loving, kind and caring young man; so full of life – happy at his job as a plumber, his whole life ahead.
“We want to thank all the first responders who did everything possible to save the life of Harry and his friend and supported the other people involved in this terrible incident.
“Thank you to the police who have shown such kindness and compassion, and thank you to everyone for the kind words and support.
“Harry is dear to us, and as we try to come to terms with the harsh reality that he will not be returning home, we ask that people give us as a family some privacy, time and space to grieve in our own way.”
The family of Lewis, who was 21, said: “The family was completely devastated by the loss of our beloved Lewis.
“We are truly humbled by the outpouring of love and support from the community, Lewis’s friends and family.
The families of the men who were also visited by the ambulance (pictured) paid tribute to their “precious” and “beloved” sons.
“It reinforced what we already knew; that he was loved and cherished by all who knew him.
“The family would like to thank everyone for the hundreds of kind, positive messages that have been received.
“We are so grateful and it has brought a lot of comfort during this terrible time.”
BUT GoFundMe Page was installed to commemorate the couple with money to be given to families to help with funeral expenses.
Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that the incident is being investigated by the Serious Accident Investigation Unit.
Sergeant Phil Shaw of the Greater Manchester Police Serious Clashes Unit said: “I think of the families of the two young people who tragically lost their lives today following this horrific incident.
“We are doing our best to understand how this collision happened so that the families of both victims receive the answers they need, and our specialists offer them support during this devastating time.
“If you were in the area shortly before 11 a.m. and have dash cam footage or could see the vehicles involved in this collision, then I urge you to contact us so we can piece together as much information as possible to establish the circumstances of the incident. the events of this morning.
Anyone with information should call GMP on 0161 856 4741 citing Incident 1045 of April 15, 2022.
Details can also be shared anonymously with Crimestoppers, an independent charity, on 0800 555 111.