Shop closes doors for day as mark of respect after crash

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A woman killed after she was hit by a car which mounted a pavement has been named by police.

Julie Dean was knocked down as she stepped from a charity shop in Leyland on Monday afternoon.

Emergency services raced to the town-centre scene, but the Leyland woman was pronounced dead.

Yesterday floral tributes had been laid outside the shop where the 53-year-old died.

The accident happened at about 1pm on Monday when a gold Nissan Qashqai mounted the pavement in Sumner Street.

The car collided with the victim as she stepped from the St Catherine’s Hospice shop doorway onto the pavement.

The shop was yesterday closed as a mark of respect, and charity bosses offered their condolences to those affected.

Lorraine Charlesworth, director of income generation at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by this tragedy and send our sincere condolences to the family and friends affected.”

Police, fire crews, paramedics and the air ambulance were called to the scene on Monday, and the road was closed for several hours following the incident.

Police have now launched an investigation into the circumstances, and are appealing for witnesses.

PC James Power from the road policing unit said: “An investigation is underway but I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this collision or with any information that could assist with our investigation to contact police on 101.”

People living in Sumner Street have called for traffic calming in the area, saying the road was extremely busy, especially in the mornings and evenings.

Resident Hazel Jameson said: “I think this street should be pedestrianised.

“It’s very busy with traffic every day, so even making it one-way would help.

“Sometimes you can’t cross the street for ages for the traffic, and sometimes people park on the path outside my house.”

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “We will await the police report before deciding whether any changes to the highways could prevent a similar accident in future.”