A grandfather of one of three teenagers killed in a horror crash after a car struck a tree has told how his grandson’s last words to him were “I do love thee”.

Peter Hall told how his grandson Mason Hall, 19, visited him on Thursday to collect his birthday present. Three days later, he had died.

Police were called at 6.10pm on Sunday after the crash on a short 40mph stretch of country road between the villages of Kiveton Park and Todwick in South Yorkshire.

The wreckage of the white Ford Fiesta had been removed by daybreak on Monday and police had left the area.

The bark of the tree was stripped bare where the car had struck and nearby a stone wall had been demolished.

The three men in the car- two 19-year-olds and an 18-year-old - were pronounced dead at the scene, South Yorkshire Police said.

Mason Hall 19, had recently celebrated his birthday (


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Arriving at the scene, shocked Mr Hall said his grandson came to see him last week: “It was his birthday on Wednesday. He was 19 and that were it. End of him.

“It’s hard to swallow but at the end of the day death is only two minutes away for anybody isn’t it?

"Good lad, six foot odd, giant of a lad, fit as a fiddle...19 is no age is it!”

Fighting back tears, he added: “His last words to me were: ‘I don’t come to see you all that often granddad but I do love thee’.

"It’s hard, it’s hard,” he added, shaking his head.

Nearby, a stone wall had been demolished (


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Mr Hall, from the village of Wales Bar, said his grandson was from Woodhouse in Sheffield, and his friends who died were from Kiveton Park and Swallownest.

Friends and relatives of the three gathered around the tree to lay flowers on Monday morning and a childhood friend called Taylor said Mason was ‘one of the kindest people you could meet’.

The pal said: “He was such a kind person to everyone he met whether he knew them for a day or for a year. He was the type of person to give you his last tenner out of his pocket so he didn’t see you go without.

The bark of the tree was stripped bare where the car had struck (


Tom Maddick / SWNS)

“He was the type of person to make you laugh and pull you up when you were down.”

On social media, Mya Sedgwick said: " My heart broke when I found out..Mason Hall you was like family to us...never a day went by you didn't put a big smile on my face..."

Local councillor Dominic Beck said at the scene: “It’s just terrible and devastating to hear of the tragic loss of life of three young people. The whole community’s prayers, thoughts and love are with the families.”

Detectives are appealing to the public for information.

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