Elderly pedestrian killed in collision identified by police

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Aftermath of the accident on Somerford Road near the Purewell Cross roundabout in Christchurch

THE devastated family of an elderly pedestrian who died following a collision with a car in Christchurch have paid tribute to those who tried to save her life.

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Joy Norman (82), who lived in the town, was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics and police responded to reports she had been struck by a blue Ford Focus in Somerford Road last Monday.

The incident took place around 3.15pm as Mrs Norman walked along the pavement on the street near the Purewell Cross roundabout.

In a statement released through Dorset Police, her family said: “The family of Joy Norman would like to thank the local community for their flowers and tributes, especially those who tried so hard to save her life.

“A big thank you also to the emergency services and the police family support officers who have been there for us during this sad time.

“We miss Joy so much already. She was a loving sister, aunt and friend. Our family get-togethers will never be the same without her sense of fun and slightly fey character.

“Joy cared for children all her working life and for family, friends and neighbours during her retirement. She is and will be greatly missed.”

Joy Norman died following the collision in Somerford Road, Christchurch

An inquest into Mrs Norman’s death was opened and adjourned at Bournemouth Coroner’s Court today (Monday), and a full hearing is due to take place at a later date.

As reported in the A&T, the Ford’s driver, a 54-year-old local man, was arrested on suspicion of driving offences and released under investigation while enquiries continue.

PC Jay Griffin, of the serious collision investigation team, said: “An investigation into the collision remains ongoing and I am appealing to any witnesses, who have not already spoken to police, or anyone who may have captured the incident on dashcam to please contact me.”

Anyone with information should contact officers on 101, quoting incident reference number 18:263, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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