School 'truly heartbroken' after 'much loved' Year 10 student Ethan Allen hit by car and killed

Ethan Allen, 15, died two days after he was hit by a car while crossing the road with his girlfriend
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A school is 'truly heartbroken' after the tragic death of one of its pupils, who was hit by a car while crossing the road in Oldham. Ethan Allen, 15, died in hospital on Thursday, two days after being hit by the car on Rochdale Road.

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 by a black Seat Ibiza near the junction with King Street at about 8pm.

A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by careless driving and later released on bail. Olivia escaped injury.

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After his tragic death, tributes have been flooding in to remember the teenager, who lived on the Holts Estate. A fundraising page was also set up to help the family with funeral costs and to give those who knew him a chance to pay their own tributes.

In a public statement on social media, the Oasis Academy Leesbrook said: "We received the terrible and tragic news that, Ethan, a well respected and much-loved Year 10 student, lost his life yesterday at 11am.

"We are all truly heartbroken Any donation, big or small, will help the family give Ethan the send off he truly deserves!"

Paying tribute to Ethan on Friday night (May 24) his family described him as a 'very energetic, funny loving boy who always made time for others'. They said the Year 10 pupil was 'always smiling' and announced his organs will be donated to help others.

A message on the GoFundMe page read: "Ethan was a beautiful child, selfless, who always helped others. Even in his passing he has donated his organs to ensure others can live.

Police at the scene of the fatal crash
Police at the scene of the fatal crash -Credit:Submitted

"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."

The fundraiser has now hit over £6,000 in donations, with an update reading: "We are truly moved by your kindness during this difficult time. It is a testament to the love and respect we all share for Ethan."

In a statement on Thursday morning PC Thomas Johnson, from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: "This is a tragic incident which has seen a child sadly lose his life, and all of our thoughts are with his family at this awful time. Specially trained officers are supporting the family through every step of the process, and we will keep them updated as and when any information becomes available.

"While we have made an arrest, we are continuing to ask for information as we progress our investigation - if you have anything that you think could help, or witnessed anything, please do get in touch. This includes any relevant dashcam, CCTV, or mobile phone footage."

Anyone with information or relevant footage is asked to call police on 101 or 0161 856 4741, quoting incident number 3394 of May 21, 2024, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.