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Renewed witness appeal after woman was left dying in street in Shadwell outside church

PUBLISHED: 14:15 20 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:15 20 April 2016

Where woman was left dying in Canon Street Road, outside St George-in-the-East church, December 15, 2015

Where woman was left dying in Canon Street Road, outside St George-in-the-East church, December 15, 2015

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Police are reopening an appeal today for witnesses to a road incident when a woman was left dying in the street in London’s East End.

Tribute to Tanya Downs, 37, who died on pavement outside churchTribute to Tanya Downs, 37, who died on pavement outside church

Pedestrian Tanya Downs, 37, was found unconscious with a head injury outside St George’s-in-the-East parish church in Cannon Street Road, Shadwell, near the traffic-lights with The Highway, on December 15.

An off-duty police officer passing-by gave first-aid before paramedics and doctors from the Royal London arrived—but she died at the scene.

A van involved in the accident failed to stop, Scotland Yard said. It was later traced to an address in Bethnal Green, two miles away, where a man of 53 was arrested who has since been bailed to return to police next month.

Traffic investigators wants to hear from two men who helped the off-duty officer giving first aid and from the driver of a transit van, possibly a maintenance vehicle, as well as the driver of a Vauxhall Zafira car parked in Cannon Street Road, who may know what happened at 9pm that Tuesday night, 10 days before Christmas, when Tanya died.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Met’s traffic division on 020-8597 4874, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.

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