“Five years ago I stood at that exact same location and put a ring on my wife’s finger – that ring was supposed to be there forever, not handed back to me by a surgeon.”
James and Andrea Lehane had big plans for their small family.
But, their dreams were shattered on September 23 – on what should have been just an another day – when Andy was mowed down in a tragic hit-run while going to the local shops.
The 34-year-old was left for dead on a Carrum Downs pedestrian crossing after allegedly being hit by a teenager on an unregistered monkey bike.
Her husband, James, told A Current Affair he was still trying to rebuild a life for himself and their two children, four-year-old Ashley and three-year-old Heath.
“I go to bed at night, roll over and give her (Andy) a cuddle. She’s not there,” he says.
“Her leaving just so instantly is just something that I never thought I’d have to contemplate. It’s like half of me, and my life, is just gone. Every single thing in my life revolved around the girl.
“Things were just looking so good for us, life was just starting to come together… everything was so good, until that afternoon.
“Who dies shopping?”
On that fateful afternoon, Andy had gone to buy a steak and some nappies. She was planning on catching up with some nursing friends that evening.
James recalls their final conversation. He said: “Have a good night love. Have a good night with your friends.
“She said: ‘Yes I will, and, ‘I love you’. I said: ‘I love you back’…that was the last time”.
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Had he known it would be their final conversation, he says: “It would have been a long one, I would have discussed our lives to date, I would have talked about the kids, I would have talked about what we had achieved… so many things.”