A five-year-old girl who was saved from being crushed by a lorry paid tribute to her heroic mum who sacrificed herself, and said: “Mummy saved my life.”
Rachael Martin, 29, leapt in front of a car transporter last Friday (20/5) morning when her daughter Keira shot out into the road on a scooter.
The brave mum shoved Keira out of the way, but was killed when she was dragged under the 7.5-ton truck’s wheels.
Keira suffered serious pelvic injuries and was airlifted to hospital after the crash on Western Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks.
Yesterday (Thurs) Rachael’s devastated father William Simpson, 60, paid tribute to his daughter.
He said: “It was an incredible think that Rachael did for her daughter.
“Rachael was a great mother, a great daughter and a great sister.
“After the incident my work received a phone call telling me something had happened, I called home and my other daughter said there had been a bad accident and I should go to Birmingham Children’s
“It was only when I got there that I found out that my daughter had died.”
“I just couldn’t believe it at first, I know it was an accident, but not my daughter.
“The first think Keira said to me when I got there was ‘Mummy saved my life, mummy saved my life’, she just kept repeating it.
“The main thing Rachael lived for was her children. Keira was badly injured in the incident, she was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital to be stabilised and she has now been taken to St George’s
Hospital in London who specialise in treating pelvic injuries.
“She had operations last Friday to stabilise her and a further one on Tuesday to relieve some of the pressure on her legs.
“Her pelvis and the bottom of her spine are badly fractured and some of her internal organs have been torn.”
Mrs Martin’s other daughter, seven-year-old Leah, who witnessed the tragedy, was uninjured.
Mr Simpson, who lives in Stratford-upon-Avon, added: “The children just don’t know what’s going on at the moment.
“They haven’t come to terms with it. Rachael’s children were her life, everything she did was for her children and now she has died for her children.
“For me and my wife, our main concern now is our grandchildren.”