Family issue heartbreaking tribute to ‘funny, loving’ teenager

-Credit: (Image: MEN Media)
-Credit: (Image: MEN Media)


The family of an ‘energetic funny loving young boy’ who died after being struck by a car in Oldham have paid an emotional tribute to him.

Ethan Allen, 15, tragically died in hospital on Thursday (May 23), two days after being hit by a car on Rochdale Road.

Emergency services were called to the crash at around 8:10pm on Tuesday May (21). Police said a black Seat Ibiza travelling northbound collided with Ethan who entered the road from the driver’s nearside.

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The driver, a 38-year-old man, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing serious injury by careless driving and driving under the influence of drugs. He has since been released on bail.

It's understood Ethan, a pupil at Oasis Academy Leesbrook in Oldham, had been out with friends and was crossing the street with his 14-year-old girlfriend Olivia when he was hit near the junction with King Street. Olivia escaped injury.

Paying tribute to Ethan on Friday night, his family said: “Ethan was a very energetic funny loving young boy who always made time for others. He was always smiling. He had a great love of the sport basketball and played for Oldham State Warriors and more recently Royton Mavericks.

“Ethan also recently became a basketball referee which he was proud to do. He attended as a pupil at the Oasis Academy Oldham where he was popular with friends and peers.

“He is truly missed by his parents, Gillian and Gordon, sister Abbie, Grandmother Eunice, his stepfather, and stepbrothers. We thank people for their continued support and condolences.

“Ethan's legacy will continue to shine through in life with the donation of his organs to save another life. We are truly proud of him as much in life as in death. May he rest in peace, and we ask to grieve in private”.

Police at the scene on Tuesday -Credit:MEN Media
Police at the scene on Tuesday -Credit:MEN Media

A message on a JustGiving page, set up to help the family with funeral costs, says: "Ethan was a beautiful child, selfless, who always helped others. Even in his passing he has donated his organs to ensure others can live.

"Ethan was full of life, a talented basketball player with many many friends who all want to ensure Ethan gets the send off he deserves. A life cut short, far too soon. We want to try to look after his family in this difficult time and help reduce the terrible burden that they now bear."

Paying tribute to Ethan, Sharmaine Entwistle, Olivia's mum, told the Manchester Evening News: "He was just a really nice lad. He was liked by so many people.

"He had been for something to eat with three of his friends and was walking Olivia to the bus stop when it happened. His mum is distraught."

Fitton Hill Junior Youth Club, where Ethan had recently started attending, also paid tribute. A message on the club's Facebook page says: "Most of you know our junior volunteer Olivia and her boyfriend Ethan. On Tuesday night Ethan was hit by a car and sadly passed away yesterday .

"Youth club is extremely saddened by this and Olivia and Ethan's family are in our thoughts and prayers."

GMP’s serious collision investigators are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

They are also keen to speak to anyone who may have any footage, including dashcam or mobile phone footage from the area in the moments leading up to the collision.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4741 quoting log number 3394 of 21/05/2024.

Information can also be shared using our LiveChat function on our website: www.gmp.police.uk

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity - Crimestoppers - anonymously on 0800 555 111.