Portsmouth pays tribute after pensioner, 85, dies in Cosham van crash

TRIBUTES have been paid after an 85-year-old woman died in a van crash.

Friday, 8th October 2021, 2:46 pm

Cards and flowers have been placed in Cosham high street today near the zebra crossing in Vectis Way where the pedestrian was hit by a white Nissan van.

One card said: ‘Rest in peace. A much loved mum, nan and great nan.’

Another, on behalf of tattoo parlour Portsmouth Ink, said: ‘God bless.’

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Flowers and a police sign appealing for witnesses have been put in Cosham high street near Vectis Way, where an 85-year-old woman died in a van crash on October 7 2021. Picture: Ben Fishwick

Police arrested a 61-year-old driver after the crash yesterday at around midday.

He was held on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

Tributes have also been paid on social media.

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Flowers and a police sign appealing for witnesses have been put in Cosham high street near Vectis Way, where an 85-year-old woman died in a van crash on October 7 2021. Picture: Ben Fishwick

Posting on The News’ Facebook page, Tony Ford said: ‘So very sad, sending my most sincere condolences to all the family RIP.’

Emma Pritchard added: ‘So sad. Thoughts are with the family.’

As reported, several shopkeepers and passers-by lifted the van as the woman was trapped underneath.

Alison Tobin, posting on social media, said: ‘This was absolutely awful traumatising for everyone who was there… I’ve never seen a accident like that before.

‘I think it will haunt everyone for a while but the emergency services were brilliant and those men who lifted that van they all deserve medals.’

Gemma Raggett added: ‘This is so sad. My thoughts go out to the family x.’

Rosemary Bleackley said: ‘Condolences to the family at this terribly sad time, my heart goes out to you.’

Christina Smith said: ‘How tragic that this poor lady lived all those years only to be run over whilst out doing a bit of shopping. Sending condolences to her family.’

Hampshire police are looking for witnesses. Call 101 with any information.

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