Carer killed making home visit in Crofton - inquest told

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A driver lost control of a car and mounted a pavement before knocking over a carer, an inquest was told.

Julie Shaw, 45, was making a home visit in Crofton when a Ford Fiesta hit her on Santingley Lane at around 5pm on Sunday, September 1.

Flowers left in tribute to Julie Shaw on Satingley Lane, Crofton

Flowers left in tribute to Julie Shaw on Satingley Lane, Crofton

Mrs Shaw, of Newlaithes Crescent, Normanton, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coroner David Hinchliff told the hearing that a passenger had stated the vehicle was travelling at “60 to 70 miles per hour”.

Mr Hinchliff: “The driver has lost control of the car and mounted the whole of the offside pavement and collided with a pedestrian, who was Mrs Shaw. Her death was confirmed at the scene.”

The hearing was adjourned pending the outcome of further investigations by West Yorkshire Police. Mrs Shaw had worked as a carer for Dimensions for more than six years, supporting people with learning disabilities and autism.

She leaves behind husband Phil and daughters Toni, 27, and Samantha, 22.

Her brother John Bullen said the family were “heartbroken”.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving and is currently on police bail.