Further inquest hearing into death of grandmother who was hit by van

PUBLISHED: 07:32 29 October 2019 | UPDATED: 14:43 29 October 2019

Valerie Williamson. Photo: Norfolk Constabulary/family submit

Valerie Williamson. Photo: Norfolk Constabulary/family submit


Investigations are continuing into the death of a “compassionate and selfless grandmother” who was hit by a van on the edge of Norwich.

Valerie Williamson, 83, of New Costessey, died after the incident on Dereham Road, close to the Bowthorpe roundabout, on May 30.

Emergency services went to the scene, including the air ambulance and two ambulances, but despite their best efforts she died at the scene.

An inquest into her death was opened and adjourned on June 10.

Norfolk senior coroner Jacqueline Lake held a pre-inquest review at Norfolk Coroner's Court on King Street, Norwich, today.

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She said: "Ms Williamson's death is still being investigated . Therefore I adjourn it for a further pre-inquest review."

That review will take place on January 17.

Ms Williamson's family paid tribute after the crash, saying she "always put others before herself".

The tribute said: "Valerie was a kind, compassionate, selfless lady whose focus in life was her family and charity work. She always put others before herself.

"A fabulous cook who enjoyed baking for whatever family occasion presented itself.

"You were always welcomed with cup of tea and cake. She had a great affinity with animals and wildlife, supporting several charities. With a particular love for cats, Valerie would always put herself out to help them where possible.

"A wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many who will be dearly missed."

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