A DISABLED woman who lost her husband in an accident caused by a dangerous driver says her family's lives have been turned upside down.
Susan Croft of Pipers Lane, Hoole, hopes the lorry driver will be severely punished at Mold Crown Court today.
'It should be a life for a life,' said the mother of two, who was married for nearly 30 years.
At an earlier hearing, Iwan Andrew Harold Mair, 39, pleaded guilty to causing the death of John Croft, 51, by dangerous driving. He was told to expect jail.
Mrs Croft, who has multiple sclerosis, now has to be cared for by daughters Lisa, who has given up work, and Sarah, who works for a Tattenhall-based company.
'He did everything for me,' said Mrs Croft, 51.
She said of her daughters: 'It's ruined their lives as well.'
The tragedy came in the early hours of August 6 last year after Mr Croft's articulated lorry suffered a flat tyre on the A55 at Penmaenmawr.
He was working for Farrall's Transport, delivering newspapers and magazines for Chester Wholesale News.
Mr Croft, a former sergeant major in the Cheshire Regiment, jumped out to greet the recovery truck which had parked up behind him.
Mair, driving a Tesco lorry, smashed into the recovery truck and then into Mr Croft, who was killed instantly.
Lisa, 29, spoke to her father on his mobile phone in his broken-down vehicle just before the crash.
She said: 'He rang me at work at about 2am. He asked me how to use his mobile phone. He was terrible with mobiles.
In a later call he told her: 'I've got to go, the tyre bloke has just turned up. I'll give you a ring back later'.'
Lisa never heard from her father again.