Clinton Pringle’s Parents Welcome New Son
11th October 2017
The parents of Clinton Pringle have welcomed a second son into the world – and given him the name of the man who tried to save their firstborn.
Michael and Stacey are celebrating the birth of seven-week-old Leyton Francisco Pringle.
His middle name is a tribute to Francisco Gouveia – who battled in vain to pull three-year-old Clinton out from under the van that struck and killed him on Tunnell Street last summer.
Dad Michael says he and his wife will always be grateful for the way the islander did his best to save their injured child.
“Francisco is a hero,” he says.
His actions were heroic that day.
He didn’t think of anything else, the first thing he was trying to do was to save Clinton and that will stay with us forever.
Even though his actions were in vain he will always have a place in our hearts.
When Leyton asks when he’s older about his big brother and about his middle name, we’ll tell him the story about how he got it and what a good guy Francisco Gouveia was.”
The couple sent Mr Gouveia a photo of their new son and a copy of his birth certificate.
“He was absolutely delighted that we had done that,” Michael adds.
Clinton was on holiday in Jersey with his Mum, Stacey, in June 2016 when he was hit as he crossed the road next to the Town Park.
The toddler was airlifted to Southampton Hospital, where he died a few days later.
Rebekah La Gal, 39, was later cleared of causing death by dangerous driving.
She was handed an eight month suspended sentence and banned from getting behind the wheel for 30 months, after admitting a lesser charge of causing death by careless driving.
Clinton’s father Michael has subsequently campaigned for Shared Space roads – such as Tunnell Street – to be banned in Britain.
In September, he visited Downing Street to hand a petition to the Prime Minister, Theresa May.
Clinton Pringle’s father Michael
Michael says he feels as though he’s been living through “someone else’s nightmare”.
But he says the birth of baby Leyton has given the Pringle family something positive to focus on.
He describes his new son as “a joy”, and says he is a lot like the brother he will never get to meet.
“He’s been much the same as Clinton was when he was that age, he’s been really good – and he looks really like him as well.
We stuck two pictures together, of the two of them at a similar age, and it’s really hard to say which is which.
Clinton was a great baby. He slept really well right from the start and he ate very well and he just seemed to eat, sleep and grow.
People say you never get two children the same – of course, Leyton will be very much his own person – but he’s been great as well, he’s sleeping and he’s been eating – he’s just a content baby.”