A man has died two weeks after he was involved in a horrific crash involving a horse on a Doncaster country lane.
Tributes have flooded in for the 22-year-old from Doncaster – named locally as Stephen Smith – who was seriously injured in a collision with the animal early on Thursday, September 18.
He was driving an Audi A4 car when he collided with the horse in Moss Road, Askern.
He was taken to hospital with serious injuries, and a police spokesman has now confirmed he has died as a result of his injuries.
The man has not been officially named by police, but was identified on social media as Mr Smith, a former pupil at Danum School, Intake. It was reported on social media that he leaves behind a young daughter and a fiancée, who is pregnant with their second child.
Scores of people have paid their respects to the young dad on Facebook.
Rebecca Davenport posted: “RIP Stephen, you’ll be missed by all, but still loved and not forgotten. My heart goes out to friends and family, such sad news.”
Stacey Wade posted: “Another star in the sky. Shine bright lad! God bless you, Stee.”
And Tasha Marrison said: “RIP Stephen, glad I was lucky enough to know you.”
Commenting on his Facebook page, Jordan Stringfellow, who runs a popular South Yorkshire Youtube channel, said he was contacted by Mr Smith’s partner’s mother.
He said: “I got a message off a lady explaining he was a massive fan of me and had been in a car accident. A horse was wandering the road on a country lane and he hit it.
“He suffered bad head injuries and ended in a coma. He has a little daughter, a beautiful fiancée and a baby on the way. The lady asked me to write on his wall, so when he comes around it would cheer him up.
Yesterday, she messaged me saying he lost his fight and had passed away. I am so gutted and upset. RIP Stee Smith. My thoughts are with his family and everyone who knew him.”
The horse died instantly as a result of the collision which happened at about at 6.05am.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident.
An inquest is expected to be opened later this month.
n Anyone with information on the collision is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 111 of September 18, 2014.