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Clubs devastated as 20 year old footballer gets killed in car accident

Clubs up and down the country have been left devastated as 20 year old footballer Sam Harding gets killed in a car accident in Warrington.

Sam Harding, from Stockport, died after being hit by an Audi at a ‘car meet’ on Sunday night. He was taken Warrington District General hospital, but sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

The driver of the black Audi S3, a 21-year-old man from Morley, Leeds, was uninjured but was arrested at the scene on suspicion causing death by dangerous driving.

Credit: Ashton Athletic

In a tribute released by Cheshire Police, Sam’s family described him as a ‘much loved son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend to many’.

They said: “Our beautiful son was tragically taken away from us on Sunday, April 10, 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.”

Police are now appealing for witnesses and video footage of the incident which took place at around 9:40pm on Kingsland Grange and say a ‘large number’ of people were at the car meet, which sees large numbers of car enthusiasts get-together.

Sgt Simon Degg, from Cheshire Police’s 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 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 clips which may help the investigation is asked to contact Cheshire Police here or on 101, quoting IML 1242714.

As mentioned, non league clubs, players, fans and staff are devastated as the 20 year old footballer gets killed in a car accident…

@thesilkmen: Condolences from everyone at Macclesfield FC πŸ’™

@LongridgeTownFC: Devastated to hear this, Sam was with us on loan from FC United 18 months ago, and is fondly remembered by everyone at Longridge Town FC. A great lad, very talented, friendly and respectful.RIP mate.. βš½οΈπŸ’”

@ICTGodfather: Such sad news may we offer our deepest condolences and prayers to Sam’s family, friends, colleagues at this very difficult time. RIP Sam @OfficialBuryAFC

@GCTID: Absolutely devastating news, a lovely, talented young man who was a pleasure to watch. All my thoughts are with his poor family. RIP Sam x

@gullivers1982: Awful news was a massive part of the season and how we improved.. great midfielder and a great eye for goal. forever a yellow πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’› πŸ’› rip Sam..

@dannyg182pilt: Totally shocked to hear about this. Only met him for the first time last Tuesday at Charnock Richard 😭😭😭

@warringtonhat: RIP Sam. Tragic news. Thoughts with his family at this terrible time.

@Skemutdofficial: So sorry to hear this, our thoughts are with all Sams family, friends and teammates

@Padiham_FC: Everyone at the the club are saddened to hear the news of the passing of Sam Harding. Sam had a couple of months on a loan spell with the club and Played 7 times, 3 starts, 4 from the bench, scored 2 goals. Thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. RIP SAM

@FFrangillo: So gutted man, life is so unfair at times. Rest in peace my bro. Heartbroken
@samharding_10 πŸ’”

@kentschools_fa: Awful news about @SchoolsFootball alumnus Sam Harding. The Schools Football Family is a close one and such a tragedy will be felt by many members of it. RIP.

@golcarunited: Very sorry to hear this, condolences and best wishes from everyone at Golcar United at this sad time. RIP Sam.

@RemyGKcoach: So sad to read this. Thoughts with Sams family and everyone at the club x

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