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Hit-and-run victim was 'lovable' son; TRAGEDY: Police hunt for woman responsible for death of Brum-born child.

Byline: Paul Suart

THE mother of a popular Birmingham-born youngster killed in a hitand-run has today spoken of her 'lovable' son.

Promising footballer Sam Riddall was walking back from a church youth club service in Bristol with three friends and an adult when a car mounted the pavement and ploughed into the 11-year-old killing him instantly.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the female driver fled the scene of the horrific crash in Eastfield Road, in the Westbury-on-Trym part of the city.

Sam's mother Rachel Riddall said: "Sam was a sociable, lovable 11-year-old who enjoyed playing football.

"He had many friends and enjoyed life to the full." Heart-breaking messages have been posted by family and friends on the memorial website Gone Too Soon in tribute to Sam, a member of the Alberts Place Church youth club, who moved from Birmingham to Bristol with his three brothers and parents Rachel and Martin two years ago.

One, written by Georgina West, said: "God bless you Sam, my heart felt prayers go to your family in this tragic time." Messages of support have been placed on Sam's parents' Facebook page and floral tributes have also been laid at the scene of the accident.

Sam's family attended an emotional church service in Bristol yesterday.

They relocated to Bristol when Sam's father Martin, a former RAF mechanic, landed a job with Campus Crusade for Christ International.

Sam was walking back from Henleaze and Westbury Community Church when the crash happened at about 9.15pm on Friday.

The three other children with him were not injured but the adult suffered minor injuries.

Police are still trying to find the driver who is white, with long blonde hair and in her mid-thirties. Anyone with information is asked to call 0845 456 7000.

Did you know Sam and his family when they lived in Birmingham? Contact our newsdesk on 0121 234 5430 or email newsdesk@birminghammail.net
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Date:May 4, 2009
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