Tributes to 'adorable and adored' young sportsman killed in crash whose 'smile brought sunshine'

Ben Ford
-Credit: (Image: Gwent Police)

The family of a talented sportsman who died in a crash has paid a moving tribute to him, saying "his smile brought sunshine to the dullest of days". Police have named Ben Ford, 20, as the motorcyclist who died in a collision at Lydart, near Monmouth, on Wednesday, May 29.

At around 7pm, officers were called to the crash on B4293 Monmouth Road, involving Ben's red Yamaha motorbike and a black Fiat Panda car. Ben, who was from Monmouth, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His next of kin were informed and are receiving support from specialist officers, Gwent Police said Ben’s family has now issued a tribute to him, saying his death has left an "unfillable void" in their hearts. “Ben was adorable and adored, affectionate, bright, bubbly, chatty and engaging. He had an infectious energy and his smile brought sunshine to the dullest of days," the family's statement reads.

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“He wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, he was messy, noisy, disorganised, impetuous, stubborn, and often totally inflexible. But that was part of his charm. He was an accomplished sportsman and was infuriatingly talented and won many trophies and medals in swimming and junior gymnastics. His current sporting loves were golf, rugby, boxing and the gym.

“For Ben, life was for living. This summer was going to be epic, a family holiday in Anglesey, Hozier in Chepstow, Paris for the Olympics and then to Boardmasters; all with the magical person who is his beautiful girlfriend. Ben’s passing leaves an unfillable void in all our hearts. He sprinkled his own very special stardust wherever he went and on whoever he met."

Gwent Police are still making enquiries into the collision and have asked anyone who may have witnessed it or was travelling along the B4293 between Monmouth and Trellech between 6.45pm and 7pm on Wednesday, May 29, to contact them. "Anyone with dashcam or CCTV footage, can contact us by calling 101 or send us a direct message on Facebook or X, quoting log reference 2400176227," the force said in their appeal.