A “dearly loved” woman in her 70s died three days after being struck by a transit van while walking her dog.
Emergency services rushed to Highlands Boulevard in Leigh-on-Sea, Southend, around 2.55am on Wednesday, October 27 to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a van.
The pedestrian, Olivia Mary Chesney, 76, was taken to Southend University Hospital in Westcliff-on-Sea with life-threatening injuries.
The 76-year-old remained in hospital for three days before she sadly passed away on October 29, three days after the incident.
An inquest into Ms Chesney’s death was opened today (Thursday, November 18) at Essex Coroner’s Court in Chelmsford.
Coroner’s Officer Paul Gamman told the inquest that a forensic post-mortem examination by Dr Benjamin Swift gave a provisional cause of death as 1A traumatic head injuries, following a road traffic collision.
A police investigation is currently ongoing with police appealing for information from any witnesses.
“All the family members and friends will greatly miss Olivia”
Last week, the family of Ms Chesney issued an emotional statement, which read: “Olivia was a dearly loved mother, sister, aunt and partner, and a friend to everyone that knew her.
“Olivia was retired, having previously worked for the gas board.
“All the family members and friends will greatly miss Olivia very much.”
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