Death crash pedestrian named as driver is bailed

A WOMAN who died after she was hit by a car whilst crossing a Wigan road has been named.

Janet Fairhurst, 32, was crossing City Road, in Kitt Green, as a silver Ford Focus collided into her at 6pm on Sunday.

She was taken to Wigan Infirmary with head injuries, but as her condition worsened, she died the following day. A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving without due care and attention and bailed pending further inquiries.

Today neighbours and those who knew her spoke of their shock and devastation.

One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “I just could not believe it.

“I hoped it would not be true.”

Another, who also wished to remain anonymous, said: “I was devastated when I found out.

“She was so young. What a tragedy.”

Janet’s former work colleagues at Dean Wood Manor Care Home, in Orrell, where she was a care worker, today paid tribute.

Pauline Winstanley, administrator, said: “Janet worked with us for quite a while, and left a couple of years ago.

“She was well liked by staff and residents. We send our condolences to the family.”

Ward councillor Jeanette Prescott, whose brother, Tommy, was killed by a car on Christmas Day 33 years ago, also spoke of her shock at the incident.

She said: “It is such a shame, especially at Christmas, as I know. It is always on your mind. I do feel for the family. It is awful.”

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 7201.