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EX-SKY BLUES STAR TELLSOF CRASH TRAGEDY; Heartbreak as Dietmar loses second love.

Byline: Samantha Nanda

SKY BLUES legend Dietmar Bruck has spoken of his heartbreak after his partner was killed in a car smash in Spain.

The former defender, who was a key player for Coventry City in the 1960s, was driving from Malaga airport when the tragedy happened.

His girlfriend Sue Cherrington, 53, was killed instantly when a car ploughed into the couple's Fiat Punto. Mr Bruck, 59, said he was lucky to survive.

Now back in Coventry, where he works as a financial consultant, he said: "I'm in complete shock, I've lost a very close and loving person who was so good to me.

"I don't think I will ever get over it. She will always be in my thoughts and I hope one day I will be able to get over it and try to get back to normal.

"At one stage I wished it had been me, not her, or both of us."

Mr Bruck, of Eastern Green, was driving from the airport to an apartment in San Pedro in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.

The German-born player, who grew up in Coventry, said: "We were hit side on by an on-coming car and we rolled over about three times.

"We ended up about 30 yards further down the road. Sue died instantly.

"Sue's mother Vera Hinley was with us in the back of the car and she is still in a hospital in Spain with a fractured skull and broken leg."

The former Highfield Road favourite, who made his debut for Coventry City at the age of 17 in 1961, escaped with minor injuries.

He said: "I don't know how I'm still alive. I got away with quite a few lacerations to my hands, arms and leg."

He lost his first wife Maureen to leukaemia 12 years ago and found comfort when he met Sue five years later. Sue, originally from Tamworth, used to work for Powergen.

The couple had flown to Spain to visit Sue's daughter Nicola, 29, who had recently moved there. Sue's son Dean, 34, has flown out to be with his grandmother.

Mr Bruck returned to Coventry on Saturday and is staying with his daughter Jayne, 29.

Sue's body was flown back to Britain last night and the funeral will take place at St Andrew's Church, Eastern Green, and go on to Canley Crematorium, although a date has not yet been finalised.

Dietmar Bruck was a member of the division two championship side under Jimmy Hill in 1967. He played 214 games for Coventry City between 1961 and 1970.

He made his debut in April 1961 as one of the club's youngest players aged just 17.

Born in Danzig, Germany he came to Coventry as a child and went to Bishop Ullathorne School, Leasowes Avenue, Green Lane.

He played for Nuneaton Borough in 1974-5 and retired from football in 1977.

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AWFUL LOSS: Dietmar Bruck with his girlfriend of seven years Sue Cherrington, who was killed in a car crash visiting her daughter in Spain last week; CITY LEGEND: Dietmar Bruck (bottom right) pictured in his playing days with Jimmy Hill and John Sillett
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 1, 2003
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