Inquest opens into Bethnal Green pedestrian’s death

An inquest has opened into the death of a 78-year-old woman who was killed while crossing Bethnal Green Road jut before Christmas.

Lillian Carriage, of Diss Street, Bethnal Green was walking across a pedestrian crossing when she was in collision with a lorry, which was turning left into the road from Rushmead, at 10.35am, the hearing at Poplar coroner’s court heard today.

Police were called to the scene as well as paramedics who attended to the injured woman but she was pronounced dead at 11.10am on Thursday December 23.

The 33-year-old driver of the lorry was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and careless driving.

He was later bailed to return to an east London police station for further inquiries on March 28.

The coroner Sean McGovern sitting at Poplar Coroner’s Court said the cause of death was multiple injuries including spinal injuries before adjourning the inquest until June 27, pending any decision from the police.

Police are appealing for witnesses to call the Met’s Chadwell Heath traffic investigation unit on 0208 597 4874.