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”.
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.”