“See You Later Alligator” were the final gently whispered words from a mother to her son just moments before he died after a Boxing Day car crash in Northern Ireland.

According to the Daily Mail, seven-year-old Jackson Turner, died in the arms of his parents several hours after the three-car pile up in Newtonabbey (Ireland), which also left his sister and grandmother injured.

Lynsey, Jackson’s mother told Belfast Live of her last words to her young son:

“I said to him, ‘See you later alligator,’ and I told him he’d taken my heart with him but that I’d get it back when I see him again.” She said, “Then I kissed him and his daddy kissed him and we said goodbye for the last time.”

Lynsey explained further,

“Jackson was the star of our show. He was in the middle of everything, my wee sidekick. I didn’t go anywhere without him and he didn’t go anywhere without me.”

Lynsey went on to describe to the presenter how just 24 hours before the accident Jackson had been opening his Christmas presents with his sister, Ally. 

But now just two days on, she is now having to explain to daughter Ally that her big brother will not be coming home, and she has told her Jackson has gone to be with the angels.

On the evening of the accident, Jackson’s grandmother Margaret Saunders was driving him and Ally back to their mother’s home.  Margaret remains in hospital with serious injuries and the family say they are praying that she makes a full recovery as she is in a critical but stable condition.

Five people from the two other cars were also injured but none of them have been classed as life-threatening.  Investigations are still continuing into the cause of the accident.

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  • so sorry to hear of your loss and your mother being injured as well. Do hope your little girl understands before too long. Your little man is definitely with the angels.


  • God bless his little soul, he is now in the arms of his beautiful angels. Iam so sorry for your loss.


  • How terribly sad :( thoughts go out to the family and everyone involved


  • This is so tragic so sorry to the family :(


  • Lke ks


  • What a tragic time for those involved. My thoughts are with the family.


  • Sympathy to this family and a tragic time.


  • Heartbreaking. Poor family! He was way too young to die! :-(


  • How tragic. So sad. poor family.


  • My thoughts are with the parents and family. Very sad and tragic.


  • my gosh, that is so touching and sad. those words that, that mother said to her son are just perfect. beautiful. she will get her heart back again!


  • Soooooo sad. Thinking of this family.


  • So very sad. The grief that this family must be feeling is unimaginable. My prayers go out to them and all who have lost loved ones in such tragic circumstances.


  • So very very sad. My thoughts are with them.


  • Car accidents are truly horrible things. So very important to drive within conditions and try to keep everyone safe on the roads. So very tragic for them


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