Kiveton Park crash: Funeral of South Yorkshire crash victim, Martin Ward, to take place today

The funeral of a teenager killed in a South Yorkshire crash will take place today, with friends and family preparing to bid their final farewells.

Monday, 22nd November 2021, 2:06 pm

Martin Ward was one of three friends killed when the car they were travelling in crashed into a tree near Kiveton Park, Rotherham, last month.

The 18-year-old from Swallownest died alongside Ryan Geddes, 19, from Kiveton Park, and Mason Hall, also 19, from Woodhouse.

The three teens were all pronounced dead at the scene.

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Friends Martin Ward, Mason Hall and Ryan Geddes, also known as Ryan Lee, all died in a crash in Kiveton Park, Rotherham, on Sunday, October 24. Martin Ward's funeral is due to take place in Sheffield today, Monday, November 22

A police investigation into the collision is ongoing and inquests into their deaths will be held.

On Facebook, a friend posted on Sunday that his friends and family are planning to give him 'the best send off'.

She wrote: "Tomorrow is your day mate, you're going to have the best send off none of us want this to be happening and none of it feels real you are so so loved martin and you always be.

"You will live on in all our hearts. We love you and it's not goodbye until we meet again."

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‘A lovable little rug’

Tragically, Martin's mother, Sara Jane Smith, died less than two weeks after his death.

Martin’s mum had paid a heartfelt tribute to her son and his close friend Mason following the horror crash on Sunday, October 24.

She told The Star: “Mason was a very close friend of Martin’s. They have basically grown up together and he was like a stepson to me.

“Martin was a lovable little rug and he had the biggest heart out of most people I know.

“They were both such loving kids and will be so sadly missed. This shouldn’t have happened, they were far too young to have this happen. They hadn’t even lived their lives.”

Sara and her family had been planning former Aston Academy pupil Martin’s funeral at the time of his death.

Martin’s funeral is to be held at Grenoside Crematorium, Sheffield, at 2pm on Monday, November 22.

Ryan was laid to rest at Wales Church on November 18 and Mason’s funeral is to be held at Rotherham Crematorium at 2pm on Monday, November 29.