Husband’s heartbreaking tribute to vet, 29, who died after car swept away in flood

A heartbroken husband has paid tribute to his wife who drowned after her car was swept away in floodwater.

Heike Mojay-Sinclare had been travelling to a pal’s house for a birthday weekend with her two dogs when her Honda Civic became submerged near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, an inquest heard.

The 29-year-old vet was caught in high water as she crossed a flooded ford at Henmore Brook in Clifton at around 9.30pm on December 7, 2018.

Police divers managed to locate the car after water levels had dipped the following morning, reports Derbyshire Live.

Her husband, Chester Mojay-Sinclare, said the world had lost an “empathetic, loving and caring” person.

He said he felt he had been blessed to know her after the pair met when they were just 18.

“I was staying in a youth hostel, and I was searching for a job and a place to stay,” Mr Mojay-Sinclare said.

“She visited the hostel with three friends on holiday. It was love at first sight.

“They were playing cards, I went over and invited myself into the game. It was the old-fashioned way of doing things.

“We went for a drink at a bar and played pool. We had a couple of days together and then she had to go back and I stayed.

“But she came back about two weeks later to stay with me for a week and that was that.”

After spending time in university together, where Mrs Mojay-Sinclare was studying to be a vet, the pair moved to Knebworth in Hertfordshire where they bought a house and got married.

“She really wanted a dog, she twisted my arm – I love dogs now,” he said.

“We got Nibs when we lived in London and later moved to Knebworth.

“She really loved animals, she would always go above and beyond in her job – she got promoted to head vet at a vets in Islington.

“On one occasion someone brought in a puppy and said they had found it abandoned in the woods. They kept it and waited for someone to collect it, but no one ever came. That’s how we got Gus.”

He went on to say: “She was the sort of person it was always hard not to like, she had that energy about her.

“We had a lovely life, two lovely dogs – no children yet, that was coming later. Those 11 years we had – every day got better and better, every year.”

The inquest into her death heard that Mrs Mojay-Sinclare had been driving to a cottage where a friend was hosting a gathering for the weekend to celebrate their 30th birthday.

It was told that on the way she decided to turn off the A515 in Clifton, and head down Doles Lane and over the ford where she was dragged downstream.

The court heard Mrs Mojay-Sinclare rang 999 before Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service attempted to locate her.

During the five-minute long call, she reported that the water was rising up to her chest in the car and she expressed concerns for her dogs, which were in the rear, before the line disconnected.

On the call, which was read out in court by DC Richard Marshall, of Derbyshire Police, she was heard saying “I thought it was a ford” and “I’m sinking”.

It would later be found the car had dropped into a hole in the river bed that was deeper than the surrounding water.

The conclusion of the inquest will be heard today.