Police name hit and run victim

AN ELDERLY woman killed after a hit and run accident in Suffolk has been named.

AN ELDERLY woman killed after a hit and run accident in Suffolk has been named.

Thelma Driver, 81, died yesterday afternoon after the collision in Out Northgate, near the junction with Station Hill, in Bury St Edmunds.

Ms Driver, of Out Northgate, was struck by a small van as she crossed the road near her house at 6.30pm on Wednesday.

The van, which may have been dark in colour, failed to stop and drove off towards the Mildenhall estate.

Ms Driver was taken to West Suffolk Hospital in a critical condition and later died.

At the time of the collision she was with a friend, who was extremely shaken but unhurt.

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Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to the collision, or anyone who may have seen the van which may have been damaged in the collision.

Sgt Bob Patterson, of the Bury road policing unit, described it as an “extremely serious incident” and added: “It happened near a busy roundabout on main routes through the town just after rush hour, and there would also have been taxis and rail passengers in the area coming and going from the train station.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have seen the collision to come forward.

“We also want to speak to anyone who may have seen the van before or after the collision.

“It is possible that the vehicle was damaged during the collision, so anyone who may have seen a small van with damage matching this description yesterday evening or today, is also urged to contact police.”

Call Bury roads policing unit on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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