THE FAMILY of an 18-year-old who died in a bicycle accident have paid tribute to a much loved brother, son and friend.

Mohammed Ali Minhas, from Nelson, had been riding down Holly Street on a bicycle on Tuesday June 8 when he collided with a stone wall.

Police were called to the scene at around 8pm and Mr Minhas was taken to Royal Preston Hospital with serious head injuries, where he sadly died the following day on June 9.

In a statement his family said: “Mohammed Ali Minhas was not only a precious brother, son and friend; he was most importantly a priceless gift to us all.

“He was a kind, compassionate, loving soul as well as a protective, caring, loyal and funny individual to each and everyone of us.

"Words can’t describe how cherished he was, his loss has not only affected those close to him, but it has shook us all in very profound ways that words can’t describe.

“Mohammed Ali also had very huge ambitions in which he was determined to achieve, only in this past year did he began to edit videos, and he successfully got into university in the hopes of becoming an animator.

"He loved to beatbox, play video games and spend his valuable time with the people he loved the most.

“Whenever Mohammed Ali was with us, he never failed to make us laugh, yet despite his playful personality he was an extremely hard worker.

"He always remained cheerful and resilient even when times were tough, he was always there for everyone whenever we needed him.

"In his short 18 years of life, he brought so many smiles to all of our faces, and we will always cherish the memories we have with him for the rest of our lives.

“We will never forget you Mohammed Ali, and we hope you are in a better place now and at peace.

"Your family misses you very dearly as well as your friends; gone but never forgotten.

"'Surely we belong to Allah, and to him we shall return'" - Quran."

Police do not believe any other vehicles were involved in the accident but are continuing to ask anyone who say what happened to contact them.

Anyone with any information can email or call 101, quoting log 1410 of June 8, 2021.