Man released on bail and police inquiries continue in East Halton after pedestrian's death
A 26-year-old local man has been released on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in East Halton on Tuesday.
His Ford Fiesta and another vehicle collided at about 9.30pm on Tuesday evening.
Mary Horsley, 79, was walking home from work when she was knocked down – just minutes away from her front door.
She had finished the evening shift at the Amethyst Hotel.
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Despite medics taking her to Hull Royal Infirmary, she did not survive.
Villagers believe the driver of the Suzuki spotted Mrs Horsley walking home and had stopped to offer her a lift when the collision happened.
This has not been confirmed by police.
The Fiesta driver was arrested at the scene, between Scrub Lane and Swinster Lane.
Mrs Horsley had worked at the hotel for more than 20 years, washing pots and carrying out general duties.
Friends said she was a “lovely lady” with a “brilliant sense of humour."
A spokeswoman for the Amethyst said: “Mary loved coming to work at the hotel; it gave her something to get out the house for.
“On the night of the incident, she had just finished work and was walking back home – she only lived about 10 minutes away.
“We sometimes give her a lift if the weather is bad but often she refuses as the walk gives her some exercise.
“Mary was a very independent woman who got on with things quietly. Everyone knew who she was in the village.”
She was an active member of the village’s friendship club.
Staff at the Black Bull Inn, in East Halton, said Mary's death had left the village in mourning.
Damon Williams, 19, the son of the pub’s owners, said: “I have lived here for 12 years now and I always saw Mary wandering around.
“This should never have happened to such a sweet and kind lady.
“I only wish now I said ‘hello’ to her more, I am sure residents will be in shock for some time.”
Police are seeking witnesses to the collision and would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicles, or the pedestrian, prior to the incident. Anyone with informaion is asked to contact Humberside Police by calling 101 and referring to log 604 of 08 January 2013.