Victims of fatal Mother’s Day car crash named locally

Date published: 12 March 2018

Two Rochdale men who were killed following a car crash in Bacup on Mother’s Day have been named locally as Jordan Matthew and Matthew Horridge.

Both men were rushed to hospital following the collision, when their dark coloured Ford Focus, travelling towards Bacup on Todmorden Road, crashed into a parked Vauxhall Astra and overturned at about 1.30am on Sunday. Sadly, the pair were later pronounced dead in hospital.

Jordan, 22, also known as ‘Milky’, was a former pupil at Wardle Academy and Hopwood Hall College.  He worked at Baxters Builders and Joiners. He was a passenger in the car driven by his cousin, Matthew, 30, who has two young daughters and a son.

Jordan is also understood to have been expecting a baby girl this year with his partner.

Tributes to the pair have poured in on social media.

Matthew’s sister, Nicola, said: “My lovely brother and cousin were taken away from us. No words can take away the pain this family is going through. Thank you everyone who has been in touch: there's a big hole in our hearts that will never heal. Love you both so much Matthew and Jordan.”

Shelly Grundy wrote: “RIP Matthew, such a nice lad. Thoughts go to all your family and friends. Good night, God bless.”

Morgan May commented: “Lost for words on how two of the most warm-hearted and loved people have been taken way too soon. Matthew Horridge was one of the most caring and genuine person I have ever met who would do anything for anyone, and is someone as a kid I always looked up to. Two people that were taken way too soon. RIP Mathew and Jordan; my thoughts are with your family and friends.”

Donna Cox said: “I honestly cannot believe the news that I have woken up to. I am so sad that a family friend who I have grown up with and been around my whole life has passed away. You really do not know what is around the corner, life can be snatched away from you so quickly, but you never think it will happen to you or to someone close. 

“All those memories we shared together, I will treasure them forever. BBQs in the summer, walks around the lake and having bevs, skipping school together causing trouble, playing football for all hours on our street, parties together, looking out for me on nights out.

“I am honestly in disbelief, I don’t want it to be real. Thinking of Kylie [Jordan’s mum], his family and close friends at this heart-breaking time. Life is so cruel, you had everything going for you, a baby on the way. It’s just not fair. I am so sad for everyone.”

Fiona Ratic wrote: “So beyond words right now. I love you like you're my own son, Jordan Matthew- heartbroken. I'm sending my heart to Kylie, Danielle, Jordan's girlfriend and baby girl and all who knew him. R.I.P fabulous fella.”

Alan Ford wrote: “Rest in peace, Jordan. A real happy genuine guy, I've broke down and phoned you and you were instantly there for a friend. It shows what a great person you are, a true king among mere men. My thoughts to all family and friends at these hard times.”

Chloe Kean added: “RIP Milky, I’ll always remember you for the caring down-to-earth lad you were. Always looked after me if you saw me out and you were like a second brother to me. You’ll be forever remembered.”

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