A YOUNG footballer, described by family as a “sweet angel”, has died after being hit by a high-performance Audi at a ‘car meet’ event.
Sam Harding, aged 20 from Stockport, was struck by a black Audi S3 at Kingsland Grange in Warrington on Sunday (April 10).
Police were called at around 9.40pm and the driver of the car, a 21-year-old man from Morley, Leeds, was uninjured.
Sam Harding 💛💙 pic.twitter.com/Kf8z1Byo6k
— Ashton Athletic FC (@AshtonAthletic) April 11, 2022
He was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Sam was taken to Warrington District General hospital where despite the best efforts of all those involved, he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Sergeant Simon Degg, from the Serious and Complex Collision Investigation Unit at Cheshire Police 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.
The club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sam Harding, who was killed in a car accident last night. Sam made a number of appearances for Prescot Cables during the 2019-2020 season. Our thoughts are with his friends, former teammates and family at this time. RIP Sam. pic.twitter.com/Ka5yxRJ5hb
— Prescot Cables FC (@PrescotCablesFC) April 11, 2022
“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.”
We're deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of UCFB student Sam Harding.
Sam was an extremely popular student, promising footballer & integral part of our Men's Academy team.
Our thoughts are with Sam's family, friends & all that knew him at this difficult time. 💙 pic.twitter.com/uCufpf6WY6
— University Campus of Football Business (@ucfb) April 11, 2022
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.”
🟡🟢 | We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news that Sam Harding unfortunately lost his life in a car accident yesterday.
Sam made a handful of appearances for the club at the start of the season.
We would like to offer our condolences to Sam’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/3p0HPYYyry
— Runcorn Linnets FC (@RuncornLinnets) April 11, 2022
Anyone with any information or video footage which may aid the investigation is asked to contact Cheshire Police on: www.cheshire.police.uk/police-forces/cheshire-constabulary/areas/cheshire/about-us/about-us/provide-more-information-about-an-appeal/
You can also call 101, quoting IML 1242714 or information can be reported anonymously, via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.