Son blames driver for preg­nant mum’s death

The Press - - News - Tom Kitchin and Sam Sher­wood

A son of a preg­nant woman who died in a dou­ble fa­tal crash is an­gry the speed­ing driver didn’t stop for po­lice.

Re­nee Percy, 35, and Den­nis Tun­ni­cliffe, 25, died in the early hours of Wed­nes­day when the car, trav­el­ling at more than twice the speed limit, smashed into a power pole. The noise of the skid­ding car and the fi­nal fa­tal im­pact at 2.30am woke neigh­bours at the cor­ner of Breezes Rd and Cuth- berts Rd in Aranui, Christchurch. The sole sur­vivor yelled at po­lice to help Percy, his preg­nant part­ner, but it was too late. Percy’s el­dest son, Ja­cob Percy, told The

Press yes­ter­day he blamed Tun­ni­cliffe for his mother’s death. ‘‘He was the one fully in con­trol of the car. He could’ve stopped and pulled over for po­lice. The po­lice didn’t make it hard for him, he de­cided to go.’’ The 18-year-old, who had been in the cus­tody of Child, Youth and Fam­ily (now Oranga Ta­mariki) for most of his life, said he last saw his mother about a month ago. ‘‘She was in a good place.’’ He planned to see her again in about two weeks’ time for Christ­mas to give her a new car. ‘‘I just wanted to let her know I love her.’’ He warned against other driv­ers think­ing of flee­ing po­lice. ‘‘Don’t do it, you put not only your­self and oth­ers at risk but you can rip fam­i­lies apart.’’ An ac­quain­tance of Percy’s said she had sev­eral chil­dren and was good to them, but Percy also mixed with some ‘‘un­de­sir­able peo­ple’’.

A Givealit­tle page cre­ated for Tun­ni­cliffe by a rel­a­tive said: ‘‘The money is to help cover funeral cost and this hard time for my fam­ily. Any lit­tle bit will help, rest easy big bro.’’

Re­nee Percy

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