Sheffield & South Yorkshire

£9,000 raised for Bentley crash girl funeral

Ella Smith Image copyright South Yorkshire Police
Image caption Ella Smith, 11, died in hospital after being hit by a car in Bentley, Doncaster, on 19 February

The funeral of an 11-year-old girl killed in a crash in Doncaster has taken place after well-wishers raised more than £9,000 towards the costs.

Ella Smith was hit by a Citroen C3 on Watch House Lane in Bentley on 19 February. She died later in hospital.

A fundraising website was set up by Simon Austerfield, a colleague of Ella's father Dave Smith.

Mr Austerfield said the money would also help fund a memorial to Ella.

He said: "The last thing anybody needs to worry about is money when they have lost a loved one, especially a child.

"I'm absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity and so are Vicky and Dave, Ella's parents.

"Some of the money will go towards Ella's funeral but Vicky and Dave wanted to do a lasting memorial for Ella."

He said it was hoped a memorial could be created at Kirkby Avenue primary school, in Bentley, where Ella was a pupil, and in Watch House Lane.

The funeral took place at Rose Hill Crematorium, Doncaster.

No-one has been arrested in connection with the crash.

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