John Lennon's mother Julia Lennon was struck down by a car driven by an off-duty policeman named Eric Clague, on July 15th 1958. The 44 year old died of her injuries, leaving 17 year old John Lennon without his mother; a wound from which he would never fully recover.
"Mrs Lennon just ran straight out in front of me. I just couldn't avoid her. I was not speeding, I swear it. It was just one of those terrible things that happen.
At the time I thought of sending the family my condolences, but I thought it would only make matters worse. They were very angry and upset by what had happened, naturally so, I suppose."
- Eric Clague
Julia shared John's love of rock and roll and bought him his first guitar in 1957. Ten years after her death In 1968, Lennon wrote Julia for The Beatles' White Album; an ode to his late mother.