02/12/2017 14:31 GMT | Updated 02/12/2017 19:00 GMT

Samuel Berkley Named As Teenage Boy Who Died After Being Found Unconscious On Side Of M67

Officers found the boy in a critical condition.

A teenage boy who died in hospital after being found unconscious on the hard shoulder of a motorway has been named as Samuel Berkley.

The 14-year-old was discovered on the side of the M67 eastbound at junction 3, Hyde, Greater Manchester, during Friday afternoon rush hour, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

His family said the budding footballer was “fun, outgoing and friendly”.

Samuel Berkley died after being found unconscious on the hard shoulder of the M67.

Officers found the boy in a critical condition after being called at about 5.25pm to reports of an unconscious boy on the hard shoulder.

He was taken to hospital where he died early on Saturday following what police called “unsurvivable” injuries. 

The driver of the BMW stopped at the scene and spoke with police.

Samuel attended Audenshaw School and was a “talented footballer” who had started playing for Hattersley Football Club, GMP said.

The teenager, who lived at home in Denton, Greater Manchester, with his parents and 20-year-old sister, had recently become an uncle to his 21-year-old brother’s daughter.

The force said in a statement: “His family said they are completely heartbroken by their loss and although nothing will ever replace losing Sam they hope everyone remembers him for the fun, outgoing and friendly boy he will always be.”

A teenage boy has died in hospital after being found unconscious on the hard shoulder of the M67 eastbound at junction 3

Sergeant Lee Westhead, of GMP’s Serious Collision Unit, said: “My thoughts are with the victim’s family who are being looked after by specially trained officers at this difficult time.

“Whilst we work to uncover how this has happened and piece together the moments before the collision, I am asking the public to help in any way that they can.

“If you were in the area at approximately 5.25pm on December 1 and saw a pedestrian on the motorway, or have dashcam images, please get in touch and share this information.”

Anyone with information should contact GMP on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.