Appeal for help: Jenny Duckham’s daughter seeks witnesses

2009-03-29 00:00

It has been two days since her mother’s burial, but the 35-year-old Hayfields resident who sat right next to her mother during the accident that took her life is still seeking answers.

“I urge anybody with information to come forward and report it to the police,” said Sharryn Middleton, the daughter of Jenny Duckham, who died hours after suffering severe internal bleeding in a car collision in Pelham last Monday.

Last week The Witness reported that a case of culpable homicide is being investigated after a woman driving a Tazz allegedly skipped a stop sign and smashed into the pair.

“We need people to come forward. It’s a busy road, and I’m sure someone must have seen something.”

Middleton said there are things about the collision that she remembers very well and other things that remain hazy.

She said she and her mother were on their way to a function at Maritzburg College when the accident happened.

“We had turned into College Road from Alexandra Road, and I was looking in to my makeup bag to find some lipstick,” said Middleton. “I looked up and I could hear the sound of the accident … and then I saw it and I knew we were in trouble.”

Middleton said the next thing she remembers is waking up on a stretcher. “I must have passed out again soon after because the next thing I remember was seeing them attend to my mom on the ground.”

Middleton said she was rushed to Medi-Clinic in an ambulance travelling behind the one her mother was being taken in.

“I waited at the hospital while the doctors attended to her,” she said. “It was one to two hours later and my dad and brother told me that she had passed on.”

Middleton said the loss of her mother was more than a personal loss, but one that would affect the family business, Pat Duckham Motors, as well. “She was good with finances. She paid the banks and did the books.” she said.

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