Mom who lost two children in an alcohol and drug crash and is expecting a girl on her late daughter’s birthday

A mother who lost two children in a horrific accident involving a van driver who was drunk on vodka and drugged with cocaine is said to give birth to a baby girl on her late daughter’s birthday.

Rhiannon Lucas, 26, held a gender announcement to let the family know she’s expecting a baby girl next year.

Mrs Lucas lost two young children, Gracie-Ann, four, and brother Jayden-Lee, three, when they were killed by the van as it stopped on the M4 hard shoulder.

The youth from Tredegar, near Merthyr Tydfil, had returned from a birthday party around 1.45pm on 5 February.

Rhiannon Lucas, 26, said she knew her expected baby was

Rhiannon Lucas, 26, said she knew her expected baby was

Rhiannon Lucas, 26, said she knew her expected baby was “a gift from the children”.

Ms Lucas' two children, Gracie-Ann (left), four, and Jayden-Lee (right), three, were killed in a horror accident in February after a drunk and drugged driver crashed into their car and onto the Hard shoulders had stopped of the M4

Ms Lucas' two children, Gracie-Ann (left), four, and Jayden-Lee (right), three, were killed in a horror accident in February after a drunk and drugged driver crashed into their car and onto the Hard shoulders had stopped of the M4

Ms Lucas’ two children, Gracie-Ann (left), four, and Jayden-Lee (right), three, were killed in a horror accident in February after a drunk and drugged driver crashed into their car and onto the Hard shoulders had stopped of the M4

The family pulled into the shoulder before drugged and drunk driver Martin Newman, 41, pulled into their vehicle three lanes.

Newman had been driving in his white Ford Transit van just hours after drinking vodka and 10 cans of cider and had been doing cocaine until 5 a.m.

He even sipped wine at the wheel after placing a bottle in his vehicle’s cup holder.

Heartbroken wife Lucas and partner Adam Saunders were in the car when the tragedy struck near Tredegar Park in Newport, Gwent.

The children’s mother was also hospitalized with broken ribs and a ruptured liver.

The accident occurred on the westbound lane between exits 28 and 29, resulting in a large deployment by emergency services and a road closure for approximately seven hours.

Rhiannon Lucas, 26 (right) and partner Adam Saunders (left) are expecting their first child together on April 10 next year

Rhiannon Lucas, 26 (right) and partner Adam Saunders (left) are expecting their first child together on April 10 next year

Rhiannon Lucas, 26 (right) and partner Adam Saunders (left) are expecting their first child together on April 10 next year

Tributes were paid to young Jayden (pictured), who died in February after a week in intensive care

Tributes were paid to young Jayden (pictured), who died in February after a week in intensive care

Gracie-Ann (pictured) died a day after the crash, despite efforts to save her

Gracie-Ann (pictured) died a day after the crash, despite efforts to save her

The Tredegar youth were returning from a birthday party at around 1.45pm on February 5 when the car they were traveling in collided with a van. Jayden (pictured left) died after a week in intensive care. Gracie-Ann (pictured right) died of cardiac arrest a day after the crash

The baby will be named Summer Gracie, a tribute to big sister Gracie-Ann, who would have been six when the baby was due

The baby will be named Summer Gracie, a tribute to big sister Gracie-Ann, who would have been six when the baby was due

The baby will be named Summer Gracie, a tribute to big sister Gracie-Ann, who would have been six when the baby was due

The couple have now announced that they are expecting a baby girl on April 10, who they plan to name Summer Gracie in honor of her big sister.

Ms. Lucas’ due date falls on Gracie-Ann’s sixth birthday next year.

She said: “Because of the bad weather we didn’t do the unveiling around the child’s grave so we held it in my front yard.

“My grandma passed away last week but before she died she was thrilled by the news.

“The baby will never replace my beautiful brown eyed angels who would be delighted to have a little sister.

Martin Newman, 41, was drunk on vodka and drugged with cocaine when he hit the family car with an open bottle of wine in his van's cup holder

Martin Newman, 41, was drunk on vodka and drugged with cocaine when he hit the family car with an open bottle of wine in his van's cup holder

Martin Newman, 41, was drunk on vodka and drugged with cocaine when he hit the family car with an open bottle of wine in his van’s cup holder

“I cried and felt really bad when I found out about the pregnancy and what my kids would think of me having another one, but deep down I know it was a gift from them.”

Rhiannon, from Tredegar, South Wales, says she is still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy as she faces her first Christmas without her children.

She said: “I’m still such a nervous wreck, to be honest when I get in a car I always make sure I’m wearing my seatbelt.

“We’re not celebrating Christmas this year because it’s not the same without my two brown-eyed angels.”

Call center worker Adam, 27, said: “It’s like destiny. So that the due date is on Gracie’s birthday, it’s like the kids are sending us a message.

“I was stunned. I was speechless.

“To have my first child and Rhiannon’s third born on Gracie’s birthday is incredible. It is a special child.”

The gender reveal comes after Newman was jailed at Cardiff Crown Court in April for nine years and four months.

Prosecutor Roger Griffiths said the painter and decorator drank into the wee hours at a Travelodge – even sipping wine in his cup holder while driving.

He was staying at the hotel near Leicester on business when he went back to his room and drank ten cans of Strongbow and did cocaine until 5am.

Father-of-two Newman tried to go to work the next morning but was too “tired, drained and hungover”.

He decided to make the return journey to Bridgend, South Wales, with a bottle of wine in his cup holder.

Newman, of Croeserw near Neath, pleaded guilty to causing the children’s deaths by dangerous driving. He also admitted to seriously injuring her mother through dangerous driving and driving over the alcohol and drug limits.

Both children suffered catastrophic brain injuries in the accident, while mother Rhiannon suffered broken ribs and a torn liver.

Gracie-Ann died at 4.45am the following day while Brother Jayden-Lee died five days later at the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff.

https://www.soundhealthandlastingwealth.com/health/mother-who-lost-two-children-in-drink-and-drug-crash-expecting-a-girl-on-late-daughters-birthday/ Mom who lost two children in an alcohol and drug crash and is expecting a girl on her late daughter’s birthday

Brian Ashcraft

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