THE family of the 21-year-old who was tragically killed in a collision has paid a moving tribute to him.

Police have identified the victim of the hit and run as 21-year-old Adam Conway, from the Haydock area.

Adam was found lying on Moss Bank Road, close to the Moss Bank Hotel, at around 12.30am by patroling officers on Wednesday, January 12.

Further inquiries at the scene established there had been a collision involving a Blue Mazda hatchback motor vehicle and the man.

The vehicle had been driven from the scene and was located by police.

St Helens Star: Police at the scene of the collision on Moss Bank RoadPolice at the scene of the collision on Moss Bank Road

After being supported through this tragic incident by specially trained officers, Adam's father has released the following statement: 

"[Adam was] a much loved grandson, son, step-son, brother, stepbrother, cousin and a father to Alexia aged four and George aged nine months.

"Adam was a super intelligent, lovely, polite, caring young man who was one in a million. He had a very promising career working at the University of Manchester as an animal technician and his potential was quickly spotted by his bosses with him destined to climb through the ranks to the top.

"He had the ability to light up any room he walked into with his bubbly personality and sense of humour.

"He was definitely a nanny’s boy, who was not only his nan, but his best friend. The bond between them was clear for everyone to see.

"All who had the pleasure in knowing Adam has been left with a lasting impression and no doubt will be impacted by his early death.

"He made me proud every day and touched the hearts of so many and will be massively missed.

"He was and still is my world, my everything. Love you Adam my son, until we meet again.

"I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from friends and family and would like to thank everyone for all the kind words flowers and cards.

"I would also like to thank Ian and Mark the Family Liaison Officers who are helping the family through the process."

St Helens Star: Road closures were in place as police investigated the tragic incident on Wednesday, January 12Road closures were in place as police investigated the tragic incident on Wednesday, January 12

Following the incident, a 51-year-old man from St Helens was arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving, and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Police Sergeant Steve Smith from Merseyside Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “If you were driving in the Washway Lane, Moss Bank Road and Scafell Road area at around 12.30am or were in the vicinity of the Moss Bank Hotel at this time and have any dashcam or CCTV footage, please review it and get in touch if you see anything that may assist our enquiries.

“Any information, however small it may seem, could prove vital as we seek to understand exactly what happened.

“Whether you choose to get information to us directly or anonymously, through Crimestoppers, any information you provide will be acted upon.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0151 777 5747, email, or DM @MerPolCC on Twitter quoting reference 22000025548.