The family of a woman who died in a collision in Walton-le-Dale yesterday have paid tribute to ‘an independent woman who ran off to join the war.’Advertisement
Connie Sharples, 94, was at the wheel of her Fiat Panda when it was involved in a collision with a Volkswaogon Crafter at the junction of Duddle Lane and Severn Drive at 7.24am yesterday (Tues).
Connie suffered serious injuries and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
In a tribute to her, Connie’s son Roy Lund said: “Connie was a VERY independent woman who at age 17, ran off to join the ATS during WW2.
“She ended up working with an all women’s unit, the 93rd Searchlight outside of London.
“She really enjoyed dancing, twice a week, and loved to watch Strictly Come Dancing on a Sunday evening.
“Mum was a parishioner at St Aidens church and loved to walk all her life.
“Her fitness and health were always paramount to her.
“Amazing lady who was already planning her 100th birthday party.
“She will be sadly missed by all who had the privilege to know her!”
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The driver of the Volkswagen, a 37 year old man from Preston was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst over the prescribed drug limit and causing death by dangerous driving.
He has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Road closures were in place for around three hours.
Sgt Adam Dawson said: “Our thoughts remain with Connie’s family and friends at this incredibly upsetting time.
“We continue to appeal for witnesses and ask that anyone who saw the collision gets in touch with us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting log number 189 of 14 May.