Tributes pour in for 84-year-old woman killed in Bethnal Green Road collision

Tributes have poured in for an 84-year-old great-grandmother killed after being hit by a van during her daily jaunt into Bethnal Green town centre.

Bunches of flowers and cards mark the spot at the junction of Bethnal Green Road and Ellsworth Street where Edna Curtress was knocked off her mobility scooter last Friday.

She died from multiple injuries in the Royal London Hospital.

Neighbours at Lysander House in Temple Street, where Ms Curtress had lived for more than 50 years, said she would be greatly missed.

Friend Margaret Briggs, who helped looked after her, said: “Edna didn’t have a care in the world. She liked to get out on her scooter and was very active. ”

Neighbour Lee Wollard added: “She was charming and friendly to everyone.”

Ms Curtress, who leaves behind a daughter, granddaughter and five great-grandchildren, had strong ties to Lysander House as her parents lived there before she moved in. Staff at Quicksilver Gaming Arcade in Bethnal Green Road, which she regularly visited, also paid tributes.

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Manager Veronica Hellerova described her as “little Miss Sunshine”.

A 48-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed to return to a police station on October 31.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “The woman was crossing the road on her mobility scooter on a pedestrian crossing when she was in collision with a silver Mercedes Vito van.”

A full inquest is due to take place in April.

Witnesses should call the Road Death Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath on 020 8597 4874.

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