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Pregnant mum killed in M66 crash was ‘shining light’ as boys, 9 and 4, in coma

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The heartbroken family of a pregnant mum who was fatally injured in a car crash on the M66 have described her as a "shining light".

Frankie Julia Hough, 38, was driving southbound near Bury on Saturday (May 13) with her two sons, nine-year-old Tommy and two-year-old Rocky, and her four-year-old nephew Tobias when the crash occurred at around 3.10pm.

Frankie, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, sadly died from her injuries in hospital yesterday (Monday, May 15).

Tommy and Tobias are both still in hospital in induced comas and are continuing to "fight", the family said in a statement following her death, while Rocky suffered minor injuries and is being cared for by loved ones.

As well as her two sons, Frankie leaves behind partner Calvin, her parents Julia and Frank, sister Becci Welby, brother-in-law Arron Welby and others.

Frankie, who was also described as a "fierce mother with a heart of gold", was also pregnant and the week before her death had celebrated the news she was having a baby girl.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Arron said of his sister-in-law: "She was the most amazing person, she had a heart of gold. She was a dedicated, fierce mother and she was a fighter for her kids.

"She was the best auntie. She was a shining light, she would protect her kids with everything she had."

He added: "She was pregnant and was only just celebrating the week before with a baby shower when she found out she was having a little girl. It's just so sad."

Arron said his son Tobias – Frankie's nephew – had suffered a head trauma and it was unclear what the long-term effects to his health would be, but added that he was a "little warrior".

Tommy, Frankies son, is also reportedly "making good progress" and remains in an induced coma with his dad by his bedside.

Arron added Frankie would be "shining down" on her son and nephew as they recovered in hospital.

"We're just going day-by-day and bit-by-bit and want our boys back," he said.

"It's good if people pray and it gets us through, we want that power and positivity.

"We know she's [Frankie] shining down on them now and bringing them through and showing us that she's there and helping. She was just so strong-minded, if anyone was to go she would have picked herself.

"We'll carry her legacy on. We now need to bring our boys through."

Frankie's family also thanked first responders on the scene who they described as "amazing and professional", as well as the teams at Manchester Royal Infirmary for caring for the boys and Royal Preston Hospital who looked after Frankie in her final moments.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the family, which has so far raised more than £40,000.

Adil Iqbal, of Hope Street, Accrington, has been charged with one count of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He appeared in court yesterday (May 15) and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

Mr Iqbal was remanded into custody and a preliminary hearing at Minshull Street Crown Court is set to take place on June 19. Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information should call GMP's Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741, quoting incident 2254 of May 13, 2023, or use the online report tool on the force's website. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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