A devastated boyfriend has explained how his girlfriend’s last words to him were “I love you” before she died in a horror crash.
Greg Peters had been planning on proposing to his girlfriend Anna Ledgar, but she died from her injuries before he could pop the question, Stoke on Trent Live reports.
Anna, 28, had been driving to her work at Macclesfield FC when she was involved in a crash between Uttoxeter and Rocetser on Monday shortly before 1pm.
Emergency services closed the road for more than 6 hours, and Anna was taken to hospital in a critical condition, but died the following day with Greg at her side.
The pair – who he met online during the first lockdown – were able to have a blessing by a vicar at the hospital before Miss Ledgar died. She had only recently been headhunted by Macclesfield to become the club’s gym manager.
Mr Peters told StaffordshireLive : “I was up early Monday morning, leaving for work at 6.30am and Anna was on the late shift at her work, so she had a little lie in before walking the dogs and driving to Macclesfield.
“I remember it so clearly. I came in just before I was leaving, kissed her on the forehead and said ‘goodbye, I love you’. She said ‘I love you’ back.
“As I was walking out, she lifted her head, turned to me all sleepy eyed and reached out to me, asking for my hand back.
“So of course I went back for another kiss and a cuddle. She loved her cuddles. Her face, while reaching out to me, will be in my head forever.”
Miss Ledgar had moved to Abbots Bromley to join Mr Peters months after they met.
The pair were close to completion on buying their first home together in the Staffordshire village when she died.
Mr Peters said: “I’ve got no idea what to do now. It’ll be hard for me to afford the house without Anna, but I’ll find a way to make it work and do it for her.”
She was still travelling to work at another gym in Macclesfield after moving, but was offered a place at The Sweatbank, in Burton, to do her personal training.
However, three months ago she was headhunted by Macclesfield FC.
Mr Peters said: “This was her dream job. She had worked so hard to be able to run her own gym and now it was happening.
“She was very nervous at first, as she wasn’t too sure if she had the experience to pull it off. But, my word, she had the drive.
“If Anna was going to do something, she’d do it 110 per cent. She worked so hard. She was only in that job for three months before the accident.
“Me and Anna had only been officially together for 18 months, but for once in my life, I had a plan with Anna, as I knew she was the one – she was perfect for me.
“She changed my life and made me smile so much, encouraged me with my golf, got me to final stage of qualifying for the Open and pushed me on with every tournament.”
Mr Peters said he was left broken as he saw Miss Ledgar lying in her hospital bed.
He said: “My plan a few months ago was to buy a house and do it up together. Then, I was going to ask her to marry me and the following year get married and try for children.
“So when Anna was lying there in the hospital bed, it was breaking me that I couldn’t marry her and make my wife; give her the wedding day she really wanted.
“When I explained my plans to a nurse she said ‘we can get a vicar to give you a blessing of your relationship’, which was amazing. The lift that it gave me was amazing.
“It could never be a legal wedding or anything like that, but for me to be able to give Anna my nan’s engagement ring and slide it onto her finger, to me, she’s now my wife even if it’s not officially legal.
“It was a special moment in my life. I just hope she could hear us and hear our song that we played through my phone.”
Following her death, Miss Ledgar’s family found out she had joined the organ donor register aged 18 – a move that has already helped six patients in the last few days.
Mr Peters said: “Anna was just an amazing person. All she ever wanted was the best for people; she wanted to help people achieve their goals – in the gym or just in life.
“She loved her friends. She made so many new friends in Abbots Bromley, as well as all her friends in Macclesfield. I never heard a bad word spoken about Anna.
“To the people that read this article, never ever miss that kiss, that cuddle and saying I love you to the ones you love.
“If I hadn’t have said that to Anna, I’d be in such a deeper and nastier place in my head right now, but knowing that every day she knew I loved her and she loved me makes me feel so special.”