Pregnant mum’s boyfriend and unborn child killed in crash that she survived
A heartbroken mum-to-be woke from a coma to be told her unborn son and boyfriend had died in a car crash, an inquest heard.
Bethany Leese said she felt like she "lost my life" in the collision in Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent.
After waking from her coma she asked for her boyfriend, only to be told that he was dead.
Her and boyfriend, Joshua Sanna, were travelling through Festival Park when a police officer in an unmarked BMW spotted their Toyota Aygo hire car with no lights on, reports Stoke-on-Trent Live .
The officer illuminated his lights and switched on his sirens when the pair were on Etruria Vale Road, Etruria.
But Joshua – who was 19 at the time – panicked and sped off after having allegedly paid a friend to rent the car as he only held a provisional licence.
Following a pursuit through the streets of Stoke-on-Trent and onto the A500 and A50, the officer in the BMW attempted to stop the vehicle near Longton .
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The car ended up turning around and drove the wrong way onto the A50 before colliding head-on with two vehicles. The impact catapulted the pair out of the car killing Sanna and the unborn tot. Bethany was left with a brain injury and limited use of one arm.
Bethany, from Blurton, who was 18 at the time, said: "I feel like I lost my life in that crash. I woke up from a coma and asked for my boyfriend only to be told he had died.
"He was in the car but I didn't know who it belonged to. He would have paid someone to get a hire car for him – he'd done it before with a Mercedes.
"I don't remember much of my life before the crash. I remember him picking my flat keys up and constantly ringing him in the night because I wanted a McDonald's – I was staying at my gran's because my flat needed carpet.
"We were then heading from Norton to Longton McDonald's and then Blurton, where the flat was.
"I then remember the blue lights flashing in Etruria Vale Road. I remember screaming 'stop' and then telling him not to stop because I was in care and would have had to go to social services.
"He didn't stop because he panicked – he had no licence and was in a car that was not his. He would have been done for taking without consent in a car someone hired for him. He was going to run away."
The court heard digital scales, money, and drugs were found in the vehicle. Bethany insists Sanna, who came from London, was not concerned in the supply of drugs.
She added: "He had some money from a cousin or someone in Italy who gave it to him to look after the baby and me.
"He wouldn't have picked me up with drugs in the car. I had a go at him when he was smoking weed. The drugs in the car would not have been in connection to Josh."
The inquest heard the police officer following the car from Etruria – known only as L33 – had been given the go-ahead to follow the car from the Staffordshire Police control room.
Giving evidence, he told how he attempted to stop the distinctive Aygo by pushing it onto a grass verge on an A50 slip-road.
He said: "I noticed the car was driving at excess speed and only had daytime running lights on. It was dark and the street lamps were on.
"I decided to stop the vehicle. I turned around in Festival Park and put the blue lights on because the lights on the roundabout were red, and not in my favour. I then caught the Toyota and indicated for it to stop – it did not."
The pursuit moved onto the A500 and then the A50.
He added: "On the A50 there was a stinger site near Longton. When it looked as though it would pull off, I put my vehicle's front adjacent to the car's nearside to steer the vehicle away.
"I maintained my position in the nearside lane, with the Toyota in the overtaking lane, but remember it tried to force me up the slip-road.
"The car remained on the A50 and overtook a couple of vehicles about half a mile from the stinger site.
"It then started to indicate left and right and came straight across my path. It came across and the rear passenger side collided with my front side. The car went over a tarmacked area, over a kerb, and along the A50 on the wrong way."
The officer then aborted the pursuit and pulled his damaged patrol car onto the side of the road. A short while later he was informed there had been a collision involving the Toyota.
An investigation from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IOPC) was launched in the wake of the 2018 incident.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "An IOPC investigation was conducted alongside an investigation by the Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit.
"Their report and findings will be heard by a jury over the course of the coming weeks."
The inquest continues.
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