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Mum's tribute to 'lovable' son killed in a hit-and-run.

The mother of a popular Birminghamborn youngster killed in a hit-and-run has spoken about the tragic loss of her 'lovable' son.

Promising footballer Sam Riddall was walking back from a 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-yearold 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.

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.

Mrs Riddall works for Christian organisation Agape and the couple set up the Bristol Student Ministry two years ago.

Sam was walking back from Henleaze and Westbury Community Church, which his parents are members of, when the crash happened at about 9.15pm on Friday.

The three other children with him were not injured but the adult did suffer minor injuries and was released from hospital later that evening. Witnesses said the hit-andrun driver careered into other parked vehicles before speeding off.

Avon and Somerset Police are still trying to find the driver who is white, with long blonde hair and in her midthirties.

" Sam was a sociable, lovable 11-year-old SAM'S MOTHER RACHEL RIDDALL" Sam was a sociable, lovable 11-year-old SAM'S MOTHER RACHEL RIDDALL


Sam Riddall: killed in a hit-and-run
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Date:May 4, 2009
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