Family ‘devastated’ after grandmother dies in Northleach crash

FAMILY members have paid tribute to an ‘energetic, caring and steadfast’ woman who died in hospital following a collision in Northleach over the weekend.

Anne Bridges, aged 86 and from the local area, was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after being involved in a collision with a white Vauxhall Vivaro van on Friday afternoon (January 6).

The collision happened on High Street, near to the junction for Farmington Road, in the town at around 3.45pm on the day.

Mrs Bridges remained in hospital overnight on Friday and sadly died from her injuries on Saturday morning (January 7).

Her family have now issued a tribute saying: “We are devastated and heartbroken to learn of the sudden and tragic death of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother Anne Bridges (nee Bowyer).

“She passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning following the removal of life support.

“She was involved in the collision when walking to the shops in Northleach where she lived.

Stroud News and Journal: Anne Bridges, 86, died after being involved in a collision on Friday afternoon (January 6)Anne Bridges, 86, died after being involved in a collision on Friday afternoon (January 6) (Image: Gloucestershire Police)

“Anne was born in Epsom, Surrey, the eldest of six and emigrated to South Africa in her early 30s with her husband and young daughter.

“She lived there for 36 years before retiring to the Cotswolds in her 70s with her husband to be nearer her daughter and much adored grandson.

“She was married for 63 years.

“Anne was energetic, caring and steadfast.

“She loved animals, particularly cats and horses and was a keen gardener. She cruised regularly with her husband.

“She was a determined regular for many years at her weekly coffee morning group and was always a tremendous listener.

“She is sadly missed by many and her sudden loss has had a devastating impact.”

Police from the Roads Policing Unit are continuing to investigate the collision and asking anyone who witnessed the incident and has not already spoken to police to come forward.

They are especially urging anyone with dashcam, CCTV footage or any information they feel may be relevant to get in touch. 

Information can be provided to police online by completing their online following form and quoting incident 329 of January 6 – here.

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