First picture of pregnant mum, 39, killed in front of horrified partner & son after being hit by car as man, 30, charged

THIS is the first picture of a pregnant mum who was killed in front of her horrified partner and son after being hit by a car.

Mother-of-four Dulce Lina Mendes Pereira, 39, and her unborn child died in the horror smash in Northampton town centre on Saturday afternoon.


The victim was wheeling an empty pushchair while her partner was carrying their one-year-old boy in his arms.

Her heartbroken friends today described her as a “a beautiful woman” who was “always smiling and lived for her children”.

They added that she was “so excited’ about having a new baby.

Driver James Craigie, 30, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and child destruction.

'BEAUTIFUL WOMAN'

He appeared at Northampton Magistrates Court yesterday and was released on conditional bail to appear before Northampton Crown Court on Monday, July 14.

Dulce was rushed to University Hospital Coventry following the tragic crash but medics were unable to save her or her unborn child.

She leaves behind four children aged 21, 14, 8 and 1.

Joe, a Portuguese cafe owner, told The Sun Online: “This is very sad. The woman was Portuguese and had come into my shop only last week to buy some baby food.

“I didn’t know her well just as a customer. She was a beautiful woman, very nice and friendly, and she was expecting her second child.”

He added: “I heard all the police sirens and helicopter. It was a nightmare  accident. She was crossing the road with her partner and their son.

“She was pushing an empty chair and he was carrying the boy in his arms. A driver just ran over her as she was crossing at the traffic lights.

“Her partner and little boy saw it happen. He tried to rescue her but it was too late to save her. They must be very shocked.

“She was Portuguese and the local community are leaving messages of sympathy on social media, saying how sad it is, that they’ll miss her and for her to rest in peace.”

'HEARTBREAKING'

A local taxi driver said: “It’s a terrible accident and such a tragic waste of life.

"The poor woman didn’t stand a chance."

“I’m just relieved that police have arrested a suspect.”

Locals also paid tribute to the mum with residents describing it as a heartbreaking tragedy.

Tracey Karabin posted online: "Absolutely heartbreaking, my heartfelt sympathy to her family at this devastating time."

Donna Eales wrote: "How utterly devastating for everyone who knew this lady – her poor children and husband especially."

Michelle Susan Tebbutt said: "This is such a tragic thing. The poor children and family, heartbreaking."

Northants Police is appealing for witnesses or anyone with relevant dashcam footage to come forward.

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