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Witnesses sought to death crash

PUBLISHED: 15:24 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 12 August 2010

POLICE want to trace two men who stopped at a crash scene after an 80-year-old woman died when a car left the road and smashed in to her. Nancy Cassell was walking along the pavement on Southend Road, near to the junction with Brackley Road, Beckenham,

POLICE want to trace two men who stopped at a crash scene after an 80-year-old woman died when a car left the road and smashed in to her.

Nancy Cassell was walking along the pavement on Southend Road, near to the junction with Brackley Road, Beckenham, at around 8.45am on 31 May this year when a car mounted the pavement and hit her.

The silver Mercedes 220 was driving towards Beckenham and after hitting Mrs Cassell, it crashed through a fence and down a steep grass embankment.

At the time of the crash, Mrs Cassell's neighbour, Carol Forster, who lives in the flat opposite in Porchester Mead, Beckenham, said everyone was shocked to find out she had been killed.

She said: "She had lived here for at least 15 years. She lived alone but she knew a lot of people in the area. She was just a very nice old lady who was quite quiet, I'd known her for about five or six years.

"It's very sad, we were all shocked. I drove past where it happened with my husband and we couldn't believe how the driver had missed the lamp-post."

Officers are now trying to trace two men who were in a driving in a small white van along Southend Road, close to the Mercedes at the time of the incident.

Police are still awaiting post mortem results and an inquest was opened and adjourned at Croydon Coroners Court.

The driver of the Mercedes suffered minor injuries.

Collision Unit, Sergeant Paul Sanders, said: "We have been told that a white van which was travelling a short distance behind the Mercedes briefly stopped before driving off.

"It is quite possible that they did not and still do not know that Nancy died as a result of the collision.

"However, I believe they could have witnessed what happened in the moments that led up to the collision and if they know recognise themselves as being the witnesses then they should come forward."

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been bailed to return to a date in November.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or events leading up the collision are asked to call the Collision Investigation Unit at Catford Traffic Garage on 020 8285 1574.


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