Shop closes doors as mark of respect after crash death

Flowers have been left outside the St Catherine's Hospice shop in Sumner Street, Leyland
Flowers have been left outside the St Catherine's Hospice shop in Sumner Street, Leyland

A Leyland charity shop which a 53-year-woman was leaving when she was hit and killed by a car was yesterday closed as a mark of respect.

Floral tributes have also been laid outside the St Catherine’s Hospice shop on Sumner Street in the town centre, after Leyland woman Julie Dean was tragically killed on Monday afternoon.

Lorraine Charlesworth, director of income generation at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by this tragedy and send our sincere condolences to the family and friends affected.”

Police, fire crews, paramedics and the air ambulance were called to the scene on Monday, and the road was closed for several hours following the incident.

The accident happened at about 1pm when a gold Nissan Qashqai mounted the pavement. The driver of the vehicle, a 79-year-old woman, was unharmed.

Police have now launched an investigation into the circumstances, and are appealing for witnesses.

People living in Sumner Street have also called for traffic calming in the area, saying the road is extremely busy, especially in the mornings and evenings.

Resident Hazel Jameson said: “I think this street should be pedestrianised.

“It’s very busy with traffic every day, so even making it one-way would help.

“Sometimes you can’t cross the street for ages for the traffic, and sometimes people park on the path outside my house.”

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “We will await the police report before deciding whether any changes to the highways could prevent a similar accident in future.”

If you can help the police with their investigation, call 101.