Much-loved pensioner killed in Heckmondwike collision

Much-loved pensioner killed in Heckmondwike collision

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman was knocked down and killed in Heckmondwike.

The incident happened at 11.05am on Wednesday when Jean Hepworth, 69, was hit by an HGV as she crossed the road.

Jean had just left a cafe in the town centre when she was struck by the lorry as it turned right from Westgate into Market Street.

Emergency services attended and an air ambulance landed in nearby Green Park, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The Liversedge resident has been described as “part of the furniture of Heckmondwike”.

Her sister Christine Beaumont said she was “well-known in the local shops” and will be “sadly, sadly missed”.

Jean also leaves behind two nieces, Sharon and Clare. Sharon said: “We will miss her. My mum is heartbroken.”

Flowers have already appeared in tribute to Jean at the spot where she died.

The accident occurred very close to where an 85-year-old man died on January 8 after also colliding with a truck.

West Yorkshire Police want to speak to anyone who may have seen Wednesday’s incident.

Officers cordoned off large parts of the centre of Heckmondwike for most of the day. Market Street and Westgate were opened again by 4pm.

Sgt Martyn Burns, of the Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “We are continuing to investigate this very serious collision which has sadly resulted in the death of the pedestrian involved.

“We would very much like to speak to anyone who saw or has dashcam footage of the collision or the lorry in the moments before it occurred.

“I would ask anyone who can assist our enquiries to contact MCET on 101 referencing police number 13200101677.

“Information can also be given online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101live chat”.

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