Julia Lennon dies
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