THE husband of a popular mum who was crushed to death by her own car on her driveway has told how he desperately tried to save her.

Kerrie Hewitt, aged 36, was hit by her car after she opened the double gates outside her cottage when she returned from work earlier this month.

Her horrified husband Darren Hewitt, aged 43, said he was making a cup of tea in the kitchen when he saw his wife fall as her Renault Megane rolled over her.

He rushed outside and he and a neighbour desperately tried to lift the car off her while another resident called the emergency services.

Rescue crews dashed to the family's cottage in Storridge, near Malvern, but Mrs Hewitt, a support worker, was pronounced dead after the accident on Sunday, January 10.

Mr Hewitt, a bricklayer, paid tribute to his wife-of-14-years.

He said: "I will probably never get over her. We did everything together.

"She was fantastic, she couldn't do enough for me and the kids. I will be lost without her.

"I watched her die out there. I was in the kitchen having a cup of tea. I watched her pull up and open the double gate to let her car in.

"As she did that she fell over and the car just rolled back and went over her.

"I had to go to the neighbours to get a wedge. The ambulance took ages.

"I said to the ambulance people should I wait on the road, but they said stay with her.

"She wasn't breathing anyway. The ambulance went straight past.

"The kids were in the house and they heard her scream.

"I was trying to keep the kids in the house at the same time.

"They're coping better than me at the moment, it's just when it's quiet. At night they can't sleep."

The couple lived in the cottage with their children.

Yesterday we reported how friends and neighbours had paid tribute to Mrs Hewitt, describing her as having a 'heart of gold' as well as being a 'lovely, caring, hard-working and family-orientated woman'.

Speaking from her home in Birmingham, Mr Hewitt's mother Maria Beenick, 61, said the family were struggling to cope with the freak accident.

A spokesman for West Mercia Police said her death was not being treated as suspicious.

An inquest was opened and adjourned into the death by the Herefordshire coroner on Friday.