Mum dies after pushing daughter’s buggy out of the way of lorry

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A brave mother was killed as she pushed her young daughter’s buggy out of the path of a lorry. Rebecca Ableman, 30, was walking to a shop with two-year-old Autumn when she was struck by the lorry carrying a crane.

A witness to the horrific collision said Ms Ableman, an NHS healthcare assistant, shoved the pram away from her before she was hit.

Rebecca’s partner and Autumn’s father, Chris Tuczemskyi, said his daughter is struggling to come to terms with the devastating loss.

He 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.”

Mr Tuczemskyi first heard of the incident when he got a notification from his digital doorbell showing the police standing on his doorstep.

The 34-year-old, who works in marketing, was out of the country at a conference when the incident happened.

He said: “An eyewitness saw that just as the lorry hit Becky [Rebecca] she pushed Autumn out of the way in the pram.”

He added: “Otherwise the pram would have been swept up with the lorry.

“They then tended to Becky and made sure Autumn couldn’t see what was happening.”

The heroic mum died three weeks later on October 16 of traumatic brain injury in the Neuro ICU of Addenbrookes Hospital.

Mr Tuczemskyi is now raising funds to donate to the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Neuro ICU, the staff of which had become ‘like family’ in the three weeks the family spent there. Part of the donations will also be used as a trust fund for his daughter.

He has already reached almost £4,000 over his £10,000 goal on his GoFundMe page.

Anyone who wants to donate can go to the page here:

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On the fundraiser, he wrote: “This will be for Autumn for when she’s 18.

“She will be encouraged to use it to follow in her mummy’s footsteps of travelling around the world, amongst other amazing things.

“No amount of money could replace the hole Becky’s passing will leave in our beautiful daughter’s life, but I hope it can in some way help her feel closer to her mummy.”

A 67-year-old man has been arrested and released on bail for causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident, which happened in the village of Willingham, Cambridgeshire, on September 22.

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