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22 year old Stephen Smith of Toll Bar, was killed in a fatal road traffic accident in September 2014 after a horse ran into the road in front of him.  Stephen had no chance of avoiding the horse which also died at the accident location on Moss Road in Askern.  Stephen was engaged to his girlfriend, Sophie Midgley, aged 19 and they had a daughter called Maddison and Sophie was expecting another baby.

His girlfriend’s mother, Mrs Gaynor Midgley, said:

“He was not speeding or on his phone. He didn’t even swerve to miss the horse, the police officer told us.  He wouldn’t even have seen it because it was that foggy. There were no swerve marks on the road. It would have just appeared there.”

“He was a lovely lad, very hard-working and with a heart of gold. He would do anything for anyone. He idolised my daughter Sophie and their daughter Maddison. Sophie is 14 weeks pregnant with their second child. They were a lovely little family. They had their ups and downs, but Stephen worshipped the ground she walked on.”

“When he proposed to her he was shaking like a leaf. It was fantastic. He was one of those people, he had a heart of gold. He loved life.  He was not a drinker, his life was Maddison and Sophie. He didn’t care if anyone knew that. He was not a typical 22-year-old, going out drinking. It should just not have happened to him.”

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Mrs Midgley continued:

“Sophie has not accepted it yet, it has not hit her. I think it will hit her when we have the funeral, we don’t know when that will be because they haven’t released his body yet.”

“He had just moved jobs and needed to get on top of things. That is the sad bit about it. So they could afford it he was living with his mum and they were living separately.  He took Maddison to the park every night, that was the nightly routine. He would get home from work, he would have his tea with Maddison and then go to the park. It is like the little routine is all gone. Luckily Maddison is far too young to understand.”

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“Sophie has not accepted it yet, it has not hit her. I think it will hit her when we have the funeral, we don’t know when that will be because they haven’t released his body yet.”

“He had just moved jobs and needed to get on top of things. That is the sad bit about it. So they could afford it he was living with his mum and they were living separately.  He took Maddison to the park every night, that was the nightly routine. He would get home from work, he would have his tea with Maddison and then go to the park. It is like the little routine is all gone. Luckily Maddison is far too young to understand.”

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