“Our hearts are broken”: Families share emotional tributes as men, 21 and 20, killed in horror crash are named


The families of two men who died after a crash in Oldham have paid tribute to their ‘precious’ and ‘beloved’ sons. Harry Atkinson and Lewis Meeson have been named as the two men who died after a collision on High Barn Street, Royton, on Friday (April 15).

The pair, from Royton, were riding on a yellow Suzuki off-road motorbike shortly before 11am when they collided with a gray Ford Kuga near the junction of Cardigan Street. Sadly, they both died from critical injuries and their deaths are subject to an ongoing investigation by Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

Specialist officers are working to support Harry and Lewis’ families, who have today (Sunday) paid tribute to the men and thanked the community for their supportive messages and kindness over this devastating weekend. Paying tribute to 20-year-old plumber Harry, his family said: “Words ca n’t describe how it feels to lose our youngest child, Harry-our son-in such a tragic way. Our hearts are broken.

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“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 Atkinson

“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. 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. 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.”



Lewis Meesson
Lewis Meesson

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.

Anyone with information should call GMP on 0161 856 4741, quoting incident 1045 of 04/15/2022. Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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