A mother tragically died after pushing her two-year-old daughter away from an oncoming truck that hit her only moments later.
30-year-old Rebecca Ableman was on her way to a local shop with her daughter Autumn when the tragic incident happened in Cambridgeshire.
A witness saw how the mother pushed the stroller away from her only moments before the truck carrying a crane struck her.
A 67-year-old man has been arrested for causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene.
Rebecca’s grieving partner Chris Tuczemskyi, 34, said: “We planned to get married but life got in the way. It’s tough, especially with Autumn. They were so close.
“Because she’s only two she is finding it hard to understand what’s happened.
“She still cries for her mummy, especially at night.”
“Having to deal with everything, grieve and look after her at the same time and make sure she has everything she needs is extremely difficult.
“I know a lot of people would feel angry (with the driver) but I’ve got my daughter to focus on.”
Three weeks after the incident, Rebecca passed away in the Neuro ICU of Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.
Mr. Tuczemskyi, who was out of the country when the tragedy happened, paid tribute to his ‘best friend.’
“To me she was my light in the darkest of nights, my rock for when I stumbled and my best friend. She made me a better person, she pushed me to be and do better because she could see my potential when I could not.”
He is now raising funds to donate to the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Neuro ICU as the staff had become ‘like family’ in the weeks they stayed there.
“The Neuro ICU staff were like family, some came to the funeral,” he expressed. “When we cried, they cried. They did everything possible to bring Becky back to us.”
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