Woman named following fatal Barking hit and run collision
PUBLISHED: 14:39 03 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:16 03 February 2015
A woman who died following a hit-and-run in Barking has been named as Cissy Howlett.
Police and ambulance crews rushed to the junction of Longbridge Road with Wilmington Gardens at about 8pm on Sunday, where Cissy, 54, from Barking suffered serious injuries.
She was taken to an east London hospital but died a short while later, at about 9.20pm.
A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving but was released on bail pending further enquiries until March.
People living at the junction, some of whom claim to have heard the victim scream, have expressed their shock.
Mohammed Asif, 24, of Longbridge Road, said: “All of a sudden there was quite a lot of commotion right outside the house.
“I heard a woman scream so I quickly went inside to get my slippers and ran out.
“The police and ambulance rushed down and we knew it was serious when they closed the road.”
“I could see a body lying in the road and it looked serious. It is sad.”
Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating to see whether more than one vehicle was involved in the incident. Enquiries are ongoing to trace the vehicle and driver involved.
A woman, who lives in Wilmington Gardens but wished to remain anonymous, added: “I saw a lady lying in the road but at that point I didn’t know whether it was life threatening but it was shocking. It is very upsetting and I hope her family are doing okay.”
A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place tomorrow at Queens Hospital Mortuary.
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