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Barking hit and run ambulance caller shocked by lack of help

PUBLISHED: 16:54 03 February 2015 | UPDATED: 08:33 16 February 2015

Cissy Howlett died following a hit-and-run accident at the junction of Longbridge Road and Wilmington Gardens, Barking.

Cissy Howlett died following a hit-and-run accident at the junction of Longbridge Road and Wilmington Gardens, Barking.

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The woman who called an ambulance to try and save a hit-and-run victim has told of her shock at seeing other drivers ignore the scene.

Cissy Howlett died following a hit-and-run accident in BarkingCissy Howlett died following a hit-and-run accident in Barking

Radiology supervisor Ravinder Dhillon, 33, was queuing in traffic in Wilmington Gardens, Barking, on Sunday night when Cissy Howlett was run over at the junction with Longbridge Road.

After getting out of the car and seeing the 54-year-old lying unconscious in the road she called for an ambulance, staying on the line to the operator until emergency crews arrived.

“Her poor husband was hysterical, he came up to my sister and said ‘did you effing do this?” she told the Post. “He was just in a state of shock.

“When we explained that we had been in a car behind he apologised – he was just so upset.

“Her daughters came along afterwards, so there was the four of us, her family and a pizza delivery driver, but no-one else approached at all which I thought was slightly odd – people were just driving past.”

Along with her three sisters, Ravinder stayed with the family until Cissy was rushed to hospital, where she later died.

“Obviously what they [the driver] did was wrong and they definitely should not have left the scene but I imagine they were in a state of shock as well,” Ravinder, of Hurstbourne Gardens, Barking, added.

“It was such a shame when we read the news, we were all hoping she’d make it.”

A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place tomorrow at Queens Hospital Mortuary.

Did you know Cissy and would like to pay tribute?

Email mark.shales@archant.co.uk or call 020 8477 3824.


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