Tributes to Spen man hit by car

SAD LOSS MIchael Ibberson, left, with his best friend Andy Cook.
SAD LOSS MIchael Ibberson, left, with his best friend Andy Cook.

Tributes have been paid to a former Spen man who died after being struck by a car.

Michael Ibberson suffered serious head injuries when he was hit by a Vauxhall Corsa in Barnsley Road, Flockton, at 8.25pm on Saturday.

The 36-year-old, who lived most of his life in Liversedge and went to Heckmondwike Secondary School, was taken to hospital where he died during the early hours of Sunday morning.

His stepston Oliver Sherwin, 19, paid tribute to the man he said he’d always thought of as his real dad.

He said: “Even when he and mum split up I still spoke to him nearly every day. I moved down south, but I moved just outside Leeds a few months ago. The last time I saw him was two or three days before he died.”

Michael and Oliver’s mum also had a son, Owen, now 11. Oliver said Michael had been living in Mirfield for the past two years, but had spent all his life in Liversedge.

He said Michael had been in a lottery syndicate which had won a big sum more than 10 years ago.

He said: “He worked for a kitchen company near Ponderosa.

“We lived across the road from one of his work mates, who found out they had won. We heard shouting coming from his house. When Mick found out he was speechless for days.

“He’s been to Florida lots of times with the winnings, but I think he invested and saved most of the money.”
Oliver said his dad was a popular man with lots of friends.

He said: “A lot of people loved him. He didn’t have a bad bone in his body. If you had 1,000 people in a village, 900 would know him and 100 would know his face. He was just one of those people.

“He could be daft as a brush sometimes and he was a jack the lad, but he always went out of his way to help other people.”

A tribute group has been set up by Michael’s friends on Facebook.

Janet Dufton said: “It’s so sad you were taken so young, Micky. I always remember you smiling and you always seemed happy.

“You will be missed by a lot of people, glad I knew you. RIP gorgeous man.”

Samantha Healey said: “You have been taken too soon. Still can’t believe it has happened. RIP Micky boy.”

And Kelly Taylor said: “He will be remembered as a very pleasant man by his family and friends. You will never be forgotten. RIP Micky.”

Police are investigating the incident.

Any witnesses should contact the major collision enquiry team on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

l Michael’s funeral details are still being arranged.