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Appeal for information following a fatal road traffic collision in Standish
Monday 9th May, 2005

Appeal for information following a fatal road traffic collision in Standish
Jean Gallagher

Officers from the Area 1 Road Policing Unit are appealing for a potential witness to a fatal road traffic accident in Standish to come forward.

At around 5.00pm on Saturday afternoon, 7 May 2005, 61-year-old Jean GALLAGHER from Standish and her 61-year-old husband were out walking their dog. As the couple crossed over Wigan Road, just south of its junction with Kingshill Court, Jean was involved in a collision with a white Ford Escort driven by an 18-year-old local man.

Jean was taken to the Wigan Royal Albert Edward Infirmary with head injuries where her condition was initially thought to be serious. However, her condition deteriorated and she subsequently died.

Witnesses have stated that there was another car that stopped at the scene but left prior to the emergency services arriving. Officers are keen to speak with the driver of this car as they may have witnessed the collision.

If anyone does have any information regarding the incident they are asked to contact officers on 0161 856 7273.

Wigan Road was closed for three hours. No arrests have been made following the collision.

On behalf of his family, Terence Gallagher, 61, has paid tribute to his wife,

"Jean was a wonderful wife and totally devoted to her family, Paul, 40, David, 38, Simon, 30, Joanne, 34 and her three grandchildren Amy, 11, Adam, 7 and Philip, 5."

"Jean was so popular in the Standish area where she worked for a local butchers as a shop assistant. She always had time to stop and chat and she was always so full of life - we cannot believe what has happened."

"The whole family is totally devastated and we are struggling to come to terms with what has happened."

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