A woman has opened up about her grief after her boyfriend was killed in a car crash just two days before she found out she was pregnant.
Hannah Probert, now 22, and Bradley Lukins, 21, were trying to have a baby and were desperate to become parents.
But he tragically died as a passenger in a car – with the driver addicted to cannabis.
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Grieving Hannah said: “Bradley and I were inseparable from the moment we got together. She was a wonderful person. We had been trying to have a baby and we couldn’t wait to become parents. We had so many wonderful plans. for our future.
“I really don’t know how I lived those first few days after her death. They’re all a bit hazy. But I remember two days after her death I took a pregnancy test and when the lines turned darker, I realized I was pregnant with Bradley’s baby.
“It was the bittersweet moment of my life. I had a part of Bradley growing inside me, but it broke my heart that he died and never knew he was. was going to become a dad – the thing he wanted most in the world.
“It wasn’t easy but I decided to announce my pregnancy at Bradley’s funeral in front of everyone who loved and cared for him. It was incredibly moving but I know it was the right thing. to do and I’m glad I did. “
Bradley was a passenger in a Volkswagen Polo driven by friend Delme Marks in Brynmawr, Gwent, when she lost control and found herself on her roof.
Marks had exceeded the legal cannabis limit when he caused the accident.
Hannah said: “Bradley was in the backseat and took the full brunt of the impact and suffered a catastrophic internal bleeding. One minute I had kissed him goodbye and told him have a good night. never imagined this would be the last time I would see him alive.
“His mother, Mary, called me and told me Bradley had been in a car accident and was dead. Honestly, I felt like the world had stopped. I wouldn’t believe Bradley was dead until I saw him myself.
“I will never forget going to the hospital and seeing Bradley lying in bed with a tube still in his mouth. He had a black eye but other than that he looked perfect and like he was sleeping.
“I was crying and telling him to wake up. But I knew he never would.
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Nine months later, on March 22, 2019, Hannah gave birth to a 5 pound, 11 ounce boy who is ashamed of the name Archie-John Bradley.
“Giving birth should have been one of the happiest days of my life – I always believed Bradley would have been by my side,” she said.
“When Archie was born I looked at him and realized he was the image of Bradley. It was so heartwarming. Maybe Archie was Bradley’s farewell gift to me. C is the way I like to think of him.
“I know Bradley would have loved Archie so much and he would have been a wonderful dad.
“Archie is now three years old. He gave me a strength that I didn’t know I had.
“I saved pictures of Bradley and I have his favorite yellow hoodie for Archie when he’s older.
“My romance with Bradley was short but my life was forever changed by his love. I will make sure to tell Archie everything about the wonderful man his father was.
“I hope wherever he is he’s proud of us.”
Cardiff Crown Court heard that Marks, from Blaina, Gwent, was addicted to cannabis when he took his eyes off the road to pick up his lighter.
Marks, 21, leaned over the floor for the lighter to catch him seconds before the crash on a country road.
The prosecution said Marks “accepted he was responsible for Bradley’s death but it was an accident.” He pleaded guilty to causing death by reckless driving and recklessly under the influence of drugs.
Marks was sentenced to two years in prison. He was also banned from driving for six years and will have to pass a further extended test.
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