He said to me, 'Mammy, I don't want to die'
‘MAMMY, I don’t want to die.’
These were the tragic last words of Jake Brennan (6) who was knocked down and killed near his home.
His devastated mother Roseann today told the Herald about the moment her son was hit as he played with friends on their estate in Kilkenny.
“He got back up and he ran to me, I don’t know how, and he ran into my arms,” she said.
“He said ‘I’m sorry’ and I was saying ‘It’s not your fault, it’s not your fault baby’. I hugged him and hugged him and I said ‘You’re ok, you’re ok’.
“He said to me, ‘Mammy I don’t want to die’,” she added, fighting back tears.
“I could see his little eyes and they were gone.”
Paramedics at the scene worked on the youngster for around an hour, but he was pronounced dead later in St Luke’s Hospital.
Jake had two siblings, a four-month old sister Savannah and a three-year-old brother Kaelen.
His mother described her final moments with her son this morning.
“I ran and a woman took the baby (her four-month-old daughter) from me and he (Jake) was looking for me.
“I hugged him and hugged him and I said ‘you’re okay, you’re okay’. He said to me ‘mammy I don’t want to die’ and I said ‘you’re not going to die’.
“I could see his little eyes and they were gone. I kept feeling his little belly and there was nothing,” she said.
Jake was taken to St Luke’s Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later. A post-mortem was due to take place today. The driver of the car escaped unharmed.
Ms Brennan spoke about how her children usually didn’t play in front of the home in the family estate.
But she said that yesterday they had come back from the town and Jake was keen to play on the green area.
“He said ‘mammy can I play for another few minutes, because he was in Jesters, a little theatre show last night, and I said play for a few minutes.
“I was going to say no, we’ll go get you cleaned, but I said ‘okay another few minutes.’ He said ‘thanks’ and ‘can I go back over to the green’ and I said yes,” she explained.
Ms Brennan was holding Jake’s four-month- old sister Savannah at the time of the collision. “I just heard a bang, I heard something quick and then bang. I looked up and I saw my baby go up in the air, he went up and he hit the bonnet and went under,” she said.
Ms Brennan and Jake’s father Christopher are this morning struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.
“I loved him so much, I’m not going to be able to live without him, he was my life,” she said.
Ms Brennan said that her son had a keen interest in drama and had recently taken up skate boarding.
“He asked me the other day if I could get him a little skateboard track. I didn’t know what he meant, but Chris said you could get those little ones and I said we’d look into it.
“He was a mammy’s boy, the night before he wanted me to carry him up to bed like a baby,” she said.
“If he could go backwards and let you do everything for him he would, he’d let you feed him, do everything. He loved all that.
“He was always more into the girlie stuff because he was always put around his cousins at first and they’re all girls.
“He had a little show in the theatre last night, he has his costume up there to put on,” she said. “He loved people to like him,” she added.
“I asked him what he wanted to be when he grows older, I’m a childcare worker, and he said last week ‘I want to work with kids like mammy’,” she said.
“He’s gone on me. He loved me, it was a different love, he loved me and I loved him so much,” she said.
There were heartbreaking scenes this morning as the family gathered at the spot of the crash to leave flowers and teddies in tribute to the youngster.
He was in Presentation National School and his teachers were said to be distraught about his death.
The driver of the car, a woman in her 40s, was not injured in the collision.
Gardai at Kilkenny have appealed for anyone with information on the crash to contact Kilkenny garda station on 056-7775000, the confidential line on 1800-666111 or any garda station.