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The family of a motorcyclist who died in a collision in Stretford pay tribute to him

The family of a motorcyclist who died in a collision in Stretford have paid tribute to him.

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At around 4.35pm on July 25th police were called to a collision involving a Yamaha motorcycle and a white Vauxhall Insignia on Winchester Road, Stretford.

Police and ambulance services attended and 30-year-old Matthew Neill was taken to hospital but he sadly died the next day.

The driver of the Insignia stayed at the scene and assisted police with enquiries, no arrests have been made.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the incident to get in touch.

The sisters of Matthew issued the below tribute on behalf of their family:

“We called him baby brother and he called us little sisters, because while he was the youngest of us three siblings, but he was the tallest, gentlest, and most caring of us. Matt was often referred to as the best of both of us.

He had a big laugh that was infectious to anyone around and could be heard by everyone around. He had a love of funny videos and pranks and of course hours were spent watching Mr. Bean.

Matt loved animals-he was a cat AND a dog person – he would house sit for his friend, just so he could dog sit too. He would always make sure he had enough treats for the beige and white Staffordshire – even if it meant a daily ride to the shop for her.

He wasn’t a dad yet, but  he had all the qualities of making a great one! He taught his nephew how to tie his shoes, the best ways to avoid eating his veggies and that you never ever wore matching socks!

Our brother was the embodiment of love and devotion. A kind and giving soul who could fix your day with a big bear hug. He could lighten every day with a smile and his kind words.

Our family need to give thanks to all of the emergency care workers involved – from the first responders and ambulance staff, to police and the A and E teams and critical care unit of Salford Royal Hospital.”

Sergeant Lee Westhead from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation unit said: “My heart goes out to Matt’s family, I can’t imagine what they are going through.

“Our specially trained officers are continuing to support them and we are trying to get them all of the answers to the questions they understandably have.

“We are continuing to investigate the circumstances around the collision, and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the crash or may have dash-cam footage that could help police.”

Anyone with information or dashcam footage should contact GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting reference number 1512 of 25/07/18 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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