The daughter of a woman who was killed following a collision on a North East road has paid her mother a heartfelt tribute.

Northumbria Police confirmed they received a report a pedestrian had been hit by a grey Dacia Duster next to Aldi on Easedale Gardens in Wrenkenton.

The woman, Jean Hindmarch, 82, died from her injuries on December 22 after being taken to hospital.

Police said her family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers at this time.

In a tribute, her daughter said: “Mam was well known and respected in the community. She was a very good person, she would put everyone in front of herself, especially her family.

“She was a beautiful person who was very caring, always putting others' needs before her own. She was loved by everyone who knew her because of her heart of gold.”

An investigation was launched by officers from the Force’s Motor Patrol Department following the collision.

The driver of the car, a 56-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He has since been released on police bail.

A 63-year-old woman was also arrested and was released under investigation.

Sergeant Dave Roberts, of Northumbria Police, the officer in charge of the case said: “This is not the outcome we wanted and our thoughts are with Jean’s family and loved ones at this incredibly difficult time. Please respect their privacy and allow them to grieve.

“A full investigation is underway to establish exactly what happened in the lead-up to the collision.

“Last week, we issued an appeal for witnesses and I would like to thank everyone who has come forward to share information and speak with us. Your help is greatly appreciated.

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“The area was very busy at the time, and so I would like to ask once again, for anyone who is yet to come forward, to please get in touch and share what you know as even the smallest piece of information could help our enquiries.

“If you saw a grey Dacia Duster driving in the area, or, if you saw Jean in her pink coat please contact us. We are also keen to hear from anyone who might have dashcam footage.”

Anyone with information should use the ‘Report’ page of the Northumbria Police website or call 101, quoting log number NP-20231218-0730.