Pensioner fighting for her life after Portsmouth collision

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Debris on M27 causes delays

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A 72-YEAR-OLD woman is fighting for her life in hospital after being hit by a car in Portsmouth.

The pensioner was walking near Wayte Street and the service road of the Tesco store in High Street, Cosham, when she was struck by a Hyundai Matrix.

The woman, who is from Cosham, suffered life-threatening head injuries and was taken to hospital.

The driver of the car, a 77-year-old woman from Portsmouth, was arrested on suspicion of driving without due care and attention following the incident just after 11am today.

She was questioned and released on bail until January 31.

Helen Fisher, bingo steward at Crown Bingo and Social Club, in High Street, said she was shaken up by what happened. ‘I went to walk into the back of Tesco but was told by police that the road was shut,’ she said. ‘There were loads of police cars and an ambulance. It’s just horrible. Everyone has a mum or another relative of that age.’

Jennifer Cox, manager of Cosham Social Club, in Wayte Street, said: ‘The road where it happened is a bit of a nightmare. You have to walk in front of delivery lorries in order to see if there any cars coming your way.’

Councillor Aiden Gray, who represents Cosham, said: ‘My thoughts are with the woman’s family at this extremely difficult time.’

Anyone with information should call police on 101 and quote Operation Anfield.