Elderly woman struck and killed by lorry at Elephant and Castle has been named

News Desk (25 February, 2016)

The 86-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and the lorry driver arrested

7996Air ambulance called to Elephant and Castle after elderly woman struck by lorry on February 5

An elderly woman who was knocked down and killed at the Elephant and Castle roundabout has been named as 86-year-old Johanna Hedger.

Ms Hedger was struck by a lorry on February 5 at the junction between the roundabout and New Kent Road at midday.

An air Ambulance landed at the roundabout, but paramedics were unable to save her life and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 53-year-old male driver of the lorry that hit Ms Hedger stopped and got out immediately, and was arrested and released on bail until a date in May.

Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP Neil Coyle wrote to Transport for London (TFL) shortly after the fatal incident demanding a safety review into the roundabout.

The MP had previously raised concerns in December about the safety of the roundabout, where major works for a £25 redesign project are ongoing.

“I‘ve had multiple complaints about the safety of this site from pedestrians and cyclists,” said Mr Coyle, who had received a reply from TFL about the roundabout on the same day Ms Hedger was killed.

Nick Fairholme, director of projects for TFL, said: “Our sympathy goes out to the family and friends of the pedestrian who tragically died.”

Detectives from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit continue to investigate and are appealing for information and witnesses to come forward and assist with their enquiries.

Anyone with information can help the police by calling 101.


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