Hero mom killed by truck after pushing toddler’s stroller out of way

Hero mom killed by truck after pushing toddler’s stroller out of way

Rebecca Ableman was walking with two-year-old Autumn before she was hit by a truck (Picture: Chris Tuczemskyi/SWNS)

A brave mum was killed as she pushed her young daughter’s buggy out of the way of a truck.

Rebecca Ableman, 30, lost her life in the tragedy in the village of Willingham, Cambridgeshire.

She was walking to a local store with Autumn, her two-year-old daughter, when she was hit by the truck.

Rebecca’s partner and Autumn’s father, Chris Tuczemskyi, said Rebecca pushed the buggy away moments before impact.

Chris said: “An eyewitness saw that just as the truck hit Becky [Rebecca] she pushed Autumn aside in the pram.

“Otherwise the pram would have been swept away with the truck.

“They then took care of Becky and made sure Autumn couldn’t see what was going on.

“The eyewitness partner then came out and took Autumn across the road and made sure she was happy and playing.”

Rebecca Ableman, Autumn and Chris Tuczemskyi (Photo: Chris Tuczemskyi/ SWNS)

Chris first heard about the incident when he received a notification from his digital doorbell showing police standing at his door.

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

Rebecca died three weeks later on October 16 of a traumatic brain injury at the Neuro ICU at Addenbrookes Hospital.

Chris is now fundraising to donate to the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Neuro ICU, whose staff had become ‘like family’ during the three weeks the family were there.

Rebecca saved young Autumn from the path of the truck (Photo: Chris Tuczemskyi/ SWNS)

He said: “We had planned to get married, but life got in the way. It’s hard, especially with the fall. They were so close.

“Because she is only two years old, she has a hard time understanding what happened. She still cries for her mom, especially at night.

“Having to take care of everything, crying and taking care of her at the same time and making sure she has everything she needs is extremely difficult.

‘I know a lot of people would feel angry [with the driver] but I have to focus on my daughter.

A fundraiser in memory of Rebecca raised thousands of dollars (Photo: Chris Tuczemskyi/ SWNS)

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 of an accident on September 22.

Chris has already reached nearly £4,000 of his £10,000 goal on the GoFundMe page for his wife.

Speaking at the fundraiser, he wrote: “It will be for the fall when she turns 18.

“She will be encouraged to use it to follow in her mom’s footsteps by traveling the world, among 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 somehow help her feel closer to his mom.”

To donate, go to the GoFundMe page here- https://http://www.gofundme.com/f/for-the-young-family-of-a-superhero-nhs-mummy

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