Johnny Scott's widow vows to keep his memory alive after tragic crash
The bereaved widow of a young father killed as he was crossing the road near Coleraine has said she doesn't know how she can go on with life without him.
Johnny Scott (33) died from injuries he sustained after he was struck by a car as he crossed the road to meet his wife Lisa, who was waiting to bring him home from a family gathering at a nearby pub.
Mrs Scott said, although she told him every day that she loved him, she wishes she had said it more often.
She told the Coleraine Chronicle the day her husband died was the worst day of her life.
"Johnny was my best friend, my soul mate and my everything," she said.
"I have sat and contemplated, how can I go on without Johnny, just how will I carry on living now he has gone?
"I have to believe he is watching over me, giving me strength to go on for our boys.
"I look at their wee faces and can hear Johnny say, 'Come on darling, you have to get on with your life', but it is so hard. We did everything together, it was like we were in our own wee bubble of pure love and happiness.
"You never think it is going to end. I have broke my heart thinking, 'Why Johnny, why now?'
"I have to believe as much as we needed him, God needed Johnny more.
"He is now safe and happy in heaven and one day I will see his beautiful face again."
The couple met in 2010 when Mrs Scott was working in the local Post Office in Articlave.
In 2017 they shared an intimate wedding in Cyprus along with their first son Rocco before returning to Coleraine where a year later they welcomed second son Axel, never imagining the terrible tragedy that would befall the family less than two years later.
Mrs Scott added: "We didn't think, when we got up that Sunday morning that we wouldn't be going to bed together that night - it's devastating.
"Johnny and I were so happy and had no worries. We said 'I love you' every day, but I wish I had said it more now.
"You never think life will end at such a young age. It is still too raw to speak to Rocco about what happened to his daddy, but I know I will have to tell him one day as I want to keep Johnny's memory alive."
Mrs Scott recalled the happy times with her husband and his love for their family.
She said: "Johnny was a real romantic, he got down on bended knee and produced an engagement ring at Carrickfergus Castle when we had been together for five years.
"We wanted to get married abroad, we didn't want a lot of fuss and decided on Cyprus.
"We walked up the aisle to How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding and it was played again at Johnny's funeral as he left the church.
"Johnny was a doting daddy and loved our boys so much. His death has left a hole in my heart. My life will never be the same again without Johnny."