Susan Adams's life could not get much better when she woke up on May 19 last year.
She and her husband of three years were about to celebrate the birthday of their first child and the 35-year-old was excitedly waiting for the right time to tell him that she believed she was pregnant again.
Her husband had guessed she might be expecting another child – but she did not confirm the news with a pregnancy test until after her husband had died.
Last month, on January 31, Erica was born, weighing 7lb 3oz. She is the daughter who Rik – who dreamed of having three children – will never see.
When the accident happened, he had been on his way to meet Susan, a press officer, and their son Blake during his lunch break so he could buy a present for the youngster.
It was left to his business partner at Nattrass Giles, Mike Nattrass, to break the devastating news to her.
Mrs Adams had been waiting for him at a shopping complex and heard the sirens of emergency vehicles going to the scene of the crash.
"She was waiting but he never got there," said Mr Nattrass. "She wondered why he was so late. She'd waited nearly an hour and then went home and started ringing the office."
It was later that afternoon that Mr Nattrass and a police officer arrived at the family home in Solihull to break the news.
"The police officer told her and it was shattering," said Mr Nattrass. "She said 'I can't believe this, I don't believe you, it's not Richard'.
Mr Nattrass, the UKIP Midland MEP, first met Solihull-born Mr Adams ten years ago.
Mr Adams a fellow UKIP member, had contested the Meriden seat for the party in the 2001 General Election and the Stoke-on-Trent South seat for the Referendum Party in 1997.
Last night Mr Nattrass paid tribute to Mr Adams, who had been a partner at the firm Giles Nattrass since August 2004, as his friend.
"He was equal partner and he was going to take over it in time.
"As a surveyor he was very special. I can't overstate that. He could generate fees like nobody else could. He had a very good life and a lot to look forward to.
"We are all devastated by his death."
Mr Nattrass, who is on the European Union Transport Committee, added: "My view on young drivers having powerful cars is that motorcycles have different levels – you have to grade yourself to get on a motorcycle at different stages and they do not allow you to get on any motorcycle without doing this, so why should it be any different for motor cars?
"I think there should be a UK law for people who have just passed their driving test, which states they are only allowed to drive sensible vehicles for the first five years.
"A Subaru for a new driver, who had only been driving for a year, is not responsible. It was like giving someone a loaded gun.
"So I do think there should be at least five years before being allowed to drive a high-powered car.
"Normally insurance companies have the power here to stop this but he was not insured."