WARNING – DISTRESSING CONTENT: It is claimed the dying mum screamed “where’s my baby” after the pair were hit by a car in Penge, south London
This is the first picture of a young mother who was killed when she was hit by a car while pushing her baby boy in a pram.
The mother was named locally as 23-year-old Nicole Newman as her son, believed to be eight-months-old, fights for his life in hospital.
It is claimed the dying mum screamed “where’s my baby” after she and the pram were hit by a car in Penge, south London, on Sunday night.
Ms Newman died at the scene despite efforts to save her, and her baby boy was rushed to hospital, where he remained in a life-threatening condition on Monday morning.
A neighbour who lives close to the crash scene claims the woman’s last words were screams of “where’s my baby?” after members of the emergency services had arrived on scene.
Locals told reporters the mother lived in Anerley, south-east London. It is claimed the woman and baby were struck as they crossed the road.
Eyewitnesses said the woman was walking with her partner at the time and she was thrown 20ft into the air.
They told of a distressing scene, with the baby still in its pram after the collision and paramedics trying to revive the mother.
A bartender at the Pawleyne Arms paid tribute to Ms Newton, telling the Sun Online: “I’ve known her for years. Her boyfriend is called Charlie and they’ve been dating for about three to four years. It was their child.
“She liked going out, she was a beautiful girl. After school I think she studied beauty.”
A person who lives nearby told MailOnline: “Her last words were screams of ‘where’s my baby? Where’s my baby?’
“That was just after the emergency services arrived. But they kept her in the same spot, so I knew that she was unlikely to survive.
“Hearing her final screams was so upsetting.”
The neighbour, who wasn’t named, became aware of the horror unfolding outside after hearing shouting.
The person said they looked outside and and saw a passer-by holding a baby.
The neighbour said the driver of the car was a man with a young child.
Police said the driver of the car stopped at the scene and was taken to hospital.
It is said the mother’s parents arrived at the scene after the fatal collision in Croydon Road
Eyewitness Joe Ball, 30, told the Evening Standard he heard a crash and saw the mother land on her head after she was thrown into the air.
The electrician said: “I have never seen anything like it in my life. I knew she was dead when I called the ambulance, I just couldn’t look. All I can think about is hearing the car hit her. I have never heard a bang like it.”
He added: “It all happened so quickly. In that split second I saw her up in the air.”
Mr Ball said the mother was walking with her partner at the time of the crash.
He added: “I heard her boyfriend say, ‘My girlfriend is dead’. It was just horrendous to see something like that.”
The mother was thrown about 20ft into the air, the report added.
A grandmother said the baby was still in the pram, which was in the middle of the road, after the collision.
She told the Evening Standard that another woman handed her a scarf and she put it over the child, not wanting to remove him from the buggy.
Babu Hari, manager of the newsagent nearby, told the Sun Online: “You could see the pram on the ground, it was upright.
“Lots of people ran out to help. There was a woman who was checking the pulse of the baby.”
Police were comforting a woman who was screaming loudly, the eyewitness added.
Photos of the scene showed a broken pram and a handbag in the road.
The baby remained in a critical condition on Monday as local residents paid tribute to his mother.
A local woman, who lives nearby, said: “The woman is a friend of a friend’s girlfriend.
“The baby is their son. He is eight months old. He is in an on-off condition at the moment and they are not sure if he will live.”
The woman added: “She took a real hit, her handbag flew off in one direction and broke and the buggy flew off in another.”
She said: “I am really shaken up. People are always speeding on this road and they need to do something about it.
“I can hear them revving their engines from the top of the hill. There needs to be more speed cameras.”
There was no indication that speed was a factor in the collision.
Flowers were left by a lamp post near the scene.
One witness of the aftermath of the incident described the scene in a video on Facebook.
He said: “Boy what a sad start for 2019.
“[I was] just passing, going about my business and I came across such a horrific accident.
“A car hit a babymother while she was trying to cross the road.
“The fire brigade is here, the ambulance are here, the police are here.”
The Metropolitan Police said it was called to the incident at 8.08pm on Sunday evening.
The force said: “A car was found to have been involved in a collision with a mother and a baby in a pram.
“Despite the efforts of officers and paramedics, the mother, believed to be in her 20s, was declared dead at the scene.
“The baby, believed to be eight months old, has been taken to hospital.
“His injuries have been assessed as life-threatening.”
The driver of the car, who stopped at the scene, was taken to hospital.
His injuries are non life-threatening.
He has not been arrested and is currently assisting police with their enquiries.
Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.