The girlfriend of a ‘loving dad’ who died in a horror crash has revealed how she kissed him goodbye hours before he died.
Glen Hilton, 27, and Rikki-Lee Woods, 26, both died after their black BMW smashed into a tree at roughly 7am on Monday April 22.
Hours earlier Glen had kissed Zoey Farmery goodnight after the pair had enjoyed a few drinks down the pub with Mr Woods and his partner.
Miss Farmery woke at 7.30am on Monday to find her partner of six years missing and frantically tried to find out where he was, reports Hull Live.
She then discovered the heartbreaking news about the crash.
“We’d had a really good night,” the 28-year-old said. “Glen had been to see the boys and he met me out and I left him at 3.30am because he wanted to stay out.
“He was a big kid so he went to his sister’s and partied.
“I woke up at 7.30am and rang his phone because he wasn’t there. I thought he was probably still asleep but I rang him again at 9am and there was no answer.”
Miss Farmery, who lives in north Hull, was made aware of a crash near her home but initially breathed a sigh of relief when she saw the car involved was not Mr Woods’.
However, she then heard that Mr Woods had died and that her boyfriend was still alive – something she thought was a sick rumour.
“I didn’t know what happening,” Miss Farmery said.
“Was he with a girl? Was he playing a sick joke on me? I never thought the worst in a million years because that kid had nine lives.
“He would never leave me and the kids.”
Miss Farmery rang her partner’s father, he told her that police officers had come to their house and told them the tragic news.
She still continued to ring her boyfriend, urging him to come home but at 2pm on Monday, when she visited the mortuary her worst fears were confirmed.
“Glen’s phone was still ringing and I kept leaving him voicemails saying, ‘people are saying you’re dead. If you don’t want to come tell me – I just need to know you’re alright.’
“When we got to the mortuary I heard his mum scream and that is when I knew. I’m still waiting for him to come home. My little girl doesn’t even know he has died and I can’t cry anymore.”
Miss Farmery met her boyfriend-to-be on a night out six years ago.
He loved golf, snooker and motorbikes but doted on his children, including nine-year-old Tilly – Miss Farmery’s daughter from a previous relationship.
“It all happened so fast,” she said. “Glen wanted a baby of his own straight away and he supported me through both pregnancies.
“He never once left Tilly out and I couldn’t knock him as a dad. We had a love and hate relationship and we did have our fights and arguments but he was a loveable rogue.”
Mr Hilton, who has a three-year-old son called Frankie Glen and a one-year-old son called Glen Ralphy, had become close friends with Mr Woods in the past few months, according to Miss Farmery.
Dozens of tributes to the pair were left at the site of the crash but have since been moved to Miss Farmery’s home.
She has visited the crash site herself to find out more about what happened in the aftermath of the devastating collision and was told that Mr Hilton was still breathing and was comforted by thoughtful eyewitnesses.
“I went to the scene to thank the people,” she said. “A man told me he held Glen’s hand and that gave me a little bit of comfort because I kept hearing different things.
“He said he was breathing and didn’t want to tell me any more because it was too traumatic but he helped him the best he could and that Glen got taken away in a stretcher and passed away then.
“He always bounced back and I know he tried to come home and was still breathing after that accident.”
Friends of Mr Hilton have rallied round to help Mr Farmery and her children since the crash as she continues to come to terms with losing her boyfriend.
The couple always played pranks on one another and she joked that Mr Hilton will “never be allowed a new girlfriend in heaven”.
However, Miss Farmery found it particularly hard on Thursday, April 25, which was Frankie’s first day at nursery. Knowing Mr Hilton will not be able to see his children grow up has left her heartbroken and she admits she is still waiting for him to come home.
“I really miss him,” Miss Farmery said. “Thursday was Frankie’s first day at nursery and his dad wasn’t there which hurts.
“I still text him and ring him and if I’d known what was going to happen, I would have wrapped him in cotton wool. We all make mistakes in life and Rikki and Glen were boys. They probably never thought that night would be their last.
“He was an idiot but he was so loving and always called me his sweetheart. I just want him to come home and for this to not be real.”