Dad who struggled with tragic loss of baby dies after being hit by car on motorway


Benjamin Connor was hit by a vehicle on the M602 motorway shortly after 2.30am on Tuesday. He was taken to hospital, but died of his injuries a short time later

Benjamin Connor
Benjamin Connor died after being hit by a car on a motorway

A 30-year-old man who struggled with the tragic loss of his baby son has died after being hit by a car.

Benjamin Connor’s friends have paid tribute to the dad, who was grieving for his child, Alfie-Lee.

The baby boy died in 2014 when he was just a few days old.

Mr Connor, from Manchester, was hit by a vehicle on the M602 motorway shortly after 2.30am on Tuesday.

He was taken to hospital, but died of his injuries a short time later, Greater Manchester Police said.

Officers said the driver involved in the collision stopped at the scene and has been assisting police with their enquiries.

No arrests have been made, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Mr Connor pictured with his nephew
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The dad-of-four was “loved by many”, his family said in a statement.

They added: “As a family we are all deeply heartbroken by the loss of our Ben. He was a beautiful son, loyal brother a great dad to four and a loving brother in law and uncle.

“He was loved by millions and we are all rallying together as a family to grieve.

“Gone but never forgotten his legacy will live on. RIP angel sleep tight.”

Mr Connor had opened up about the loss of his son on social media and wrote in a Facebook post in October that he was training to become a bereavement counsellor.

His sister Billie-Jo Connor said Benjamin’s death “left a hole in a lot of hearts”.

Mr Connor, pictured with his niece, was described by his family as a person who was ‘loved by many’
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She said: “I just really can’t believe he’s gone, he was such a massive part of mine and my kids’ lives – they loved him so much, as did he them.

“He had a heart of gold, he was always there for me and the kids no matter what, I always had his back.

“He lived with me a few times. We had an unbreakable bond, and now he’s gone I’m in absolute bits, he would do anything for anyone.

“I wish I could have been there to help him. So many memories I will cherish ’til the day I die and meet him again. He will be missed forever and always.”

Mr Connor also played for Follo FC – a Manchester-based football club for dads grieving the loss of a child.

Mr Connor grieving for his baby boy who died in 2014
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After he passed away, his teammate and friend Robert said: “The lads are all devastated. We only saw him for a game two weeks ago against the Christie Hospital.

“He was a very funny guy. He was understanding and caring and he would take time out to talk to people who were struggling. He was doing his best to make his little boy proud.

“Despite his grief and everything he was suffering he was still there to help others. We will definitely do something in his memory but for now we just want to say how tragic this news is.”

A tribute post said: “RIP Benjamin Connor. Sadly Ben died in the early hours of this morning….. He took part in our last game a few weeks ago so this is tragic and heartbreaking it something that is going to stay with me personally for a long time.

“He is with Alfie Lee now his boy in heaven.”

Greater Manchester Police asked anyone who witnessed the collision to get in touch.

The police force said in a statement: “Shortly after 2.30am on Tuesday 28th December police received reports of a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle on the Manchester bound carriageway of the M602 motorway close to the Regent Road roundabout.

“Police attended and found a 30-year-old man who sadly died of his injuries a short time later in hospital.

“His family has been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“The driver stopped at the scene, and is assisting police with the investigation. No arrests have been made, and the road has since reopened.”

If anyone witnessed, or has dash cam footage of this incident, or saw a pedestrian on the motorway around that time, please contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting log 286 of 28/12/21.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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