Hit-and-run victim was school stalwart

A WOMAN who died after a hit-and-run incident in Ipswich had lived in the area for four decades and worked at the local high school for nearly 30 years, her family said today.

A WOMAN who died after a hit-and-run incident in Ipswich had lived in the area for four decades and worked at the local high school for nearly 30 years, her family said today.

Susan Garnham, from south west Ipswich, was found collapsed in Stoke Park Drive near to Prince of Wales Drive at around 8.45am yesterday.

It is believed she had been in collision with a small hatchback vehicle which was later driven away from the scene.

She was taken to Ipswich Hospital but was dead on arrival.

Police today released the 61-year-old's name and in a statement her family said: “Susan Garnham, age 61, was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Stoke Park Drive on Easter Sunday at 8.45am.

“She leaves a husband, daughter and a son and three grandsons.

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“She'd lived in the area for 40 years, working for the last 28 years at Stoke High School as an administrator.

“The family would like to thank everyone who assisted at the scene.”

Police are searching for a dark-coloured hatchback car which is thought to have been involved in the incident.

A police spokeswoman said the car is thought to have veered off the road and collided with Mrs Garnham.

Suffolk police today urged the driver of the car which collided with Mrs Garnham to come forward.

A spokeswoman said: “Following investigations with those in the area at the time it's now known that the young man driving the car did initially stop at the scene and got out of the vehicle where he spoke to witnesses.

“However he then left, saying he was going to call an ambulance.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Jepson said: “The young man is described as white, in his late teens to 20s, with short dark hair and a slim build.

“He was initially concerned enough to stop the vehicle but then left, telling others at the scene that he was going to call an ambulance.

“It is important the he comes forward now and we would ask him to do the right thing and get in touch as soon as possible.

“We'd still also like to hear from anyone who saw the collision or who was in the area at the time and anyone who may have information about the vehicle involved.”

The vehicle is thought to have been a dark coloured hatchback which may have been modified. It may have sustained rear end damage in the collision.

Anyone with information about the accident or the car should contact Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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