Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vigil for Victims of Hit-and-Run; Pair Mown Down as They Left Pub

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vigil for Victims of Hit-and-Run; Pair Mown Down as They Left Pub

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Byline: Neil McKay

THE family of a grandmother and her teenage granddaughter who were mown down by a hit-and-run driver were yesterday keeping a hospital bedside vigil.

Ada Foster, 59, and her granddaughter Patricia, 19, had enjoyed a convivial evening with friends and relatives in the Three Tuns pub, a village local in Easington Lane, near Houghton-le-Spring, on Wedn esday.

The pair left the pub at around 11.20pm to walk home.

Minutes later they were mown down.

Yesterday locals in Easington Lane, a former mining community, were still trying to come to terms with what had happened.

One woman said her daughter, 15, saw the incident. "She said it was absolutely horrible to watch. It was pure carnage, like watching somebody being murdered. She is still traumatised," said the youngster's mother.

The driver is alleged to have mounted the kerb, knocked the two women over and then reversed over them twice.

Mrs Foster suffered head injuries and a broken leg. …

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