A heroic mom died saving her daughter’s life when she pushed her baby’s stroller out of the way of a truck.
NHS health care assistant Rebecca Ableman, 30, was walking to the local shop with her two-year-old daughter Autumn when she was tragically hit by a crane lorry.
Her partner and Autumn’s father, Chris Tuczemskyi, said an eyewitness saw Rebecca push the stroller away from her before she was hit.
Tuczemskyi, 34, said: “We were planning to get married, but life got in the way. It’s hard, especially in the fall. They were so close.
“Because she is only two years old, it is difficult for her to understand what has happened. She still cries for her mother, especially at night.
“Having to deal with everything, grieving and caring for her at the same time and making sure she has everything she needs is incredibly difficult.
“I know a lot of people would be furious [with the driver] but I have to focus on my daughter.”
A 67-year-old man was arrested and released on bail for causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene on September 22.
Becky was pushing her daughter in a pram towards a local farm shop when a lorry hit her on Station Road in their Cambridgeshire village of Willingham at 11.20am.
“An eyewitness saw the truck hit Becky and she pushed Autumn out of the cart,” said Tuczemskyi.
“Otherwise, the cart would have been swept away with the truck.
“Then they took care of Becky and made sure Autumn didn’t see what was going on.
“Then the eyewitness’ partner came out and took Autumn across the street and made sure she was happy and having fun.”
Mr Tuczesky first heard of the incident when he received a notification from a digital doorbell showing police standing on his doorstep.
Mr Tuczemskyi, who works in marketing, was out of the country attending a conference when the incident occurred.
After being unable to contact Rebekah, he asked her father to go and check on her.
The police finally captured her father and took him to the hospital, where she was taken by air ambulance.
Thanks to Rebecca, their only daughter, Autumn, escaped the accident unscathed.
Rebecca died three weeks later, on October 16, from a brain injury in the neurological ward at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridgeshire.
The last exchange Mr. Tuczeski and Rebecca had together were text messages about whether they should get fish and chips for dinner.
It is currently raising funds to make donations to East Anglian Air Ambulance and Neuro ICU, whose staff became “like family” in the three weeks the family spent there.
Mr Tuczemskyi has already reached almost £4,000 over his £10,000 goal on GoFundMe for his wife.
He said: “What happened shows how cruel and horrible life can be.
“When you get donations from strangers, friends and co-workers, especially at a time when everyone is trying to save, it means a lot.
“The Neuro ICU staff were like family, some came to the funeral.
“When we cried, they cried. They did everything possible to bring Becky back to us.
He now intends to continue raising as much money as possible and will also create a Becky memorial pew at the Willingham Community Orchard.
He said they had never been a family to ask for money, but intended to raise more for a trust fund in the fall.
Of the fundraiser, Mr. Tuczemsky wrote: “It will be in the fall when he turns 18.
“She will be encouraged to use it to follow in her mother’s footsteps by traveling around the world and doing other amazing things.
“No amount of money can replace the hole that Becky’s passing will leave in our beautiful daughter’s life, but I hope it can somehow help her feel closer to her mum.”