Teenager says she ‘lost her world’ after losing sister and mum just days apart
A heartbroken teenager says she is living in a “waking nightmare” after losing her sister to a drink-driver and her mum to an overdose just days apart.
Kellis Hood, 18, said she felt as though she “lost her world” when her sister Casey, a passenger in the car, was involved in an accident near Womenswold, Canterbury, Kent.
Her 46-year-old mum Natalie then took an accidental overdose in an effort to ease the pain of losing her daughter, and died in her Temple Ewell home in Kent just two days later.
The twins were close to their mum after their dad left the family when they were just six years old, and Kellis said she felt half of her was gone after losing her sister in the September 2018 accident.
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Opening up on her tragedy, Kellis told the Sunday Mirror: “I lost my whole worlds in the space of a few days.
“When I heard mum had died, I collapsed on the floor. Everything hurt. I felt like I was stuck in a bubble, in a nightmare and that everything was fake.”
Casey was killed after accepting a lift home from Lucy Leadbeater, 27, who was driving a borrowed car she was not insured on – while drunk.
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Casey and three other male passengers in the car were reportedly scared for their lives and begged Lucy to slow down.
Kent police had been chasing the Toyota Yaris after they noticed the car speeding near Canterbury police station.
Lucy stopped at a lay-by to let one of the boys out of the car, but quickly sped off again when a police van pulled up behind her.
The car crashed seconds later and Casey was killed on the scene at 3.50am, while mum-of-one Lucy died in hospital the next day.
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An inquest into the deaths last month found that Lucy was well over the legal alcohol limit and had been “driving dangerously”, while neither women were wearing seat belts.
Kellis added: “A stupid, senseless drunk driver completely ruined my life and killed two members of my family.
“Casey died in the car and my mum took her own life just days later. She struggled to cope with the loss.
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“People need to think before they drive in that state of before they get in the car with someone they even suspect may have been drinking.
“Until it happened to you, you can’t understand the heartbreak, loss, grief and anger it can cause. It is so painful.”
Kellis says one of her biggest regrets is introducing her sister to Lucy that night which is something she will “always have to live with”.
An inquest into her mum’s death found that she died of an accidental overdose.
Assistant coroner Scott Matthews said that former heroin user Natalie “was unable to resist what had got her through difficult times in the past, obtained some heroin and injected it in order to soften the blow, in order to insulate herself from the pain”.
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