Family of Peckham pensioner killed on road ‘send thoughts’ to driver

Admin (08 October, 2015)

The Traveller community in Peckham sent their "thoughts and prayers" to the lorry driver involved in the "tragic accident."

5091Great-grandmother Mary O'Leary pictured in August this year

The family of a pensioner who was crushed to death by a lorry have sent their thoughts to the driver in what they described as a “tragic accident.”

Peckham was brought to a standstill last week as hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their respects to “kind and good-hearted” great-grandmother, Mary O’Leary.

The funeral cortège paused at the scene where the 76-year-old was hit in the collision as she crossed the road towards the top of Rye Lane on Friday, September 4.

Mourners came from as far and wide as Ireland and Manchester to walk the route from the funeral mass at St James the Great in Elm Grove, down Peckham High Street and up to Brideale Close, where Mary had lived for more than 30 years.

Mary’s brother Timothy Joyce said on behalf of the Traveller community in Peckham that everyone “sends their thoughts and prayers to the driver of the lorry as it was a tragic accident.”

The family also sent thanks to Sergeant Bill Lowden from Peckham police station and his officers for their help throughout Mary’s funeral, the Traveller housing officer Paul Jeffrey’s and Agga and all the staff at Kentish Drovers for their support. A special thanks also goes to Father Jack from St James the great Catholic Church in Peckham.


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