A mother who died as she frantically screamed ‘where’s my baby?’ after she was hit by a car while crossing the road with her eight-month-old baby has been pictured.
Nicole Newman, 23, was pushing her son Luciano’s pram as they were both struck by the vehicle in Penge, south London at about 8pm last night.
The mother was pronounced dead shortly after they arrived, while her baby son suffered life-threatening injuries and had to be resuscitated twice by paramedics.
Luciano’s father, Charlie Bianco-Ashley, 25, was with childhood sweetheart Nicole when she was struck down, his mother revealed.
Speaking from her home near Penge, Charlie’s mother Gabriella Bianco-Ashley said the couple were ‘perfect for each other’ and had been together for 10 years.
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Nicole Newman, 23, was pushing her son’s pram as they were both struck by the vehicle in Penge, south London at about 8pm last night
The baby’s father Charlie Bianco-Ashley posted this photograph on his social media account, along with the caption: ‘My son’
Miss Newman (pictured) was pronounced dead on arrival while her young son was left with life-threatening injuries
She said she was about to leave the house to go hospital to see her baby grandson, who is due to have surgery today.
She said: ‘He has had to be resuscitated twice. I’m about to go to the hospital now. The baby’s got to have surgery.
‘He’s going to have a scan and then he’s going to have surgery. There’s something wrong with his vertebrae.’
Photographs from the scene showed a broken pram sitting in the middle of the road and a large number of vehicles from the police, fire and ambulance services.
Italian-born Gabriella said Nicole was a ‘lovely girl’ and she knew her well, as she had been staying at the Bianco-Ashley home for a year while pregnant.
But she said the couple had recently got their own privately-rented flat – which was being paid for by Charlie, 25, a warehouse worker.
Nicole was on Universal Credit and stayed at home to care for their son, according to Mrs Bianco-Ashley.
Mrs Bianco-Ashley said: ‘They have been sleeping on the floor for the last year. They have been together since they were 12.
The damaged pram is pictured in the middle of the road at the scene of the crash in Anerley near Penge, south London last night
This car showed damage on the passenger’s front side as police combed the scene for evidence. A driver who was taken to hospital is helping police with their inquiries
‘The baby is eight and a half months old now and they have their own little flat. They could not get a flat from the council and they went private.
‘I called them yesterday as I had not seen them, and I usually see them every day. Charlie said “we are watching a film”. Then a few hours later this happens.
‘As soon as I heard I took a mini cab, I ran out into the road and Charlie pulled me back and said “I don’t want you to be killed too”.
‘They were going to drop the baby up to her mum’s. Because it’s a quicker way to walk. There were no cars on the road and the car came from nowhere.’
Mrs Bianco-Ashley added: ‘They are a lovely couple, perfect for each other. And the baby is so beautiful.’
A neighbour who lives close to the crash site 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.
‘I’d heard shouting and arguing at first and I thought it was neighbours rowing.
‘When I looked outside a passer-by was holding the baby to stop the car or the driver moving from the point of impact.
‘The driver was a man with a young child aged around five-years old.
‘It took about 15 minutes for the ambulance to show up. When they arrived they gave her a drip but kept her there. Hearing her final screams was so upsetting.’
Officers added that the driver of the vehicle that hit the pair stopped at the scene and was later taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
The eyewitness added: ‘I know her locally. She’s a fun, outgoing party girl who likes to be with her family and friends. She was only 23.
‘Her parents turned up at the scene straight after. Her dad stormed off but her mum stayed there.
‘Arlene, who’s said to be her mum, had also lost her sister a couple of years ago too, in around 2015 or 2016.
Miss Newman was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after they arrived, while her young son was left with life-threatening injuries and was rushed to hospital.
‘I believe that they’re a close-knit family. I can’t imagine how they’ll all cope.
‘Another neighbour thinks that she might have had a row with her partner just before the accident. They wondered whether she might have been upset as a result.’
A local woman who lives nearby added: ‘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.
‘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.’
She added that although her neighbours lived opposite to where the crash happened she did not think anyone had seen it from their window.
She said: ‘She took a real hit, her handbag flew off in one direction and broke and the buggy flew off in another.’
A video posted to Facebook last night shows the presence of the emergency services shortly after the collision about 8pm
Distressing footage from the scene showed officers holding up a blue sheet to cover the remains of the mother
A newsagent also said the woman was local but he did not know her by name.
He said: ‘I saw people looking at something on the road but I didn’t see what happened.’
Another man who lives in a block opposite the scene laid flowers by a lamp post.
He said he did not see the accident but his neighbour had been at the bus stop last night and saw it happen.
He said: ‘He saw everything, he spoke to a reporter about it last night.’
The driver is also helping officers with their inquiries.
In all, around 12 emergency service vehicles responded to the call and the road remains closed.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said last night: ‘A car was found to have been involved in a collision with a mother and a baby in a pram.
Bromley Police asked people to avoid the area, and closed the road as emergency service vehicles arrived at the scene (pictured)
‘Despite the efforts of officers and paramedics, the mother, believed to be in her 20s, was declared dead at the scene
‘The baby has been taken to hospital. His injuries have been assessed as life-threatening. Road closures have been put in place.
‘The driver of the car, who stopped at the scene, has been taken to hospital. His injuries are non life-threatening.’
Bromley Police asked people to avoid the area, and closed the road to carry out their investigation.
One witness of the aftermath of the incident described the scene in a video on Facebook.
‘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.’
One witness of the aftermath of the incident described the scene in a video on Facebook (shown)