Mum Saved Daughter As Son Drowned
A pregnant mother has spoken of the heartbreaking moment she was forced to choose between saving her teenage son or young daughter from drowning.
had seconds to decide after the car, in which she was driving two-year-old Isabella and Jack Brennan, 16, plunged into a dyke and began sinking.
The mum got out of the vehicle through an open window and returned to try to free her children – whose passage out of the car was blocked.
Mrs Edwards was able to pull Isabella out but could not rescue Jack without letting go of her daughter.
The 39-year-old – who was six months pregnant at the time of the accident – told the Derby Telegraph: “I saw the bottom of the car so I shoved my hands under and I felt her car seat.
“I pulled her out and I knew she was still alive. I tried to go back for Jack but I knew, if I let go of Isabella, then I wouldn’t be able to get her back.”
Two of Jack’s friends, who were also in the car, managed to escape and run for help.
After taking her daughter to safety, Mrs Edwards said she tried to go back to save Jack but was held back by paramedics who arrived at the scene.
A police officer pulled the teenager from the Citroen Xsara estate but he was confirmed dead in hospital.
Mrs Edwards said she had told Jack to shut his window shortly before the car hit a pothole and veered off the road in Midville, near Boston, Lincolnshire, in August.
“I told him to close it before we went into the dyke because Isabella was sitting behind him in her car seat and she was asleep,” she said.
On August 24, only five days after his death, Mrs Edwards collected Jack’s GCSE results.
She said: “He got Cs and Ds. That was what he needed to get into college. He might have not got As or anything, but he made a lot of people happy and that to me is more important than exams.”
More than 300 people attended his funeral on Friday in Dunmow, Essex.
Jack’s father Carl Brennan, who lives in Alvaston, Derbyshire, and is separated from Mrs Edwards, said: “It is a hard thing to put into words how I feel. You don’t think you would ever have to bury your child.”
Mrs Edwards’ third child, a baby boy, is due on November 21 – just three days after Jack’s birthday.
Lincolnshire Police said the accident was being investigated by a collision team and a report will be sent to the coroner.