TRAGEDY ON THE A40: Woman fell to her death from bridge

Face­book mes­sages of sym­pa­thy have been posted for not named 25-year-old

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­

FLOW­ERS now line the fence above the A40 where a woman fell to her death last week.

The bou­quets have steadily grown in num­ber since the events of Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 16, when the woman – who has yet to be named – fell on to the car­riage­way from the Swake­leys round­about and was struck by on­com­ing ve­hi­cles.

Since then, a steady stream of sym­pa­thetic mes­sages have been posted on our Face­book pages, while some read­ers have ques­tioned the ap­pro­pri­acy of posts be­moan­ing the traf­fic chaos that fol­lowed the death.

The A40 was closed in both di­rec­tions for a time, with enor­mous knock-on ef­fects.

Rainë Bolton wrote: “I can’t imag­ine the des­per­a­tion she must have felt to do that! RIP poor lady & i hope the driv­ers who wit­ness or was in­volved are ok too. So sad.”

Carly Clark wrote: “RIP my friend! Hope your at peace now.”

And Vanessa Saun­ders posted: “So sad.

“I drove across Swake­leys at around 6.30pm that evening. Very chill­ing site.

“Thoughts also go out to the lady’s fam­ily, the driv­ers af­fected and the res­cue ser­vices.”

A card with one of the bou­quets reads: “Never to be for­got­ten.

“Love al­ways, Steven and Jazz.”

The woman, be­lieved to be 25 years old, was pro­nounced dead at the scene and her next of kin have been in­formed.

The A40 did not fully re-open un­til 11pm. Trans­port for London said two lanes were opened west­bound by 7.50pm but the rest of the road re­mained shut while of­fi­cers from the Met’s Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit car­ried out in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Sev­eral driv­ers stopped and gave state­ments to po­lice, but of­fi­cers have asked any wit­nesses who have yet to speak to them to come for­ward, to help them piece to­gether the se­quence of events.

The Met’s Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit can be con­tacted on 020 8991 9555.

n TRIB­UTES: Pub­lic grief over death of young woman was ex­pressed in flow­ers and mes­sages of sym­pa­thy on Face­book Photo by Chris Berry www.buyapho­ NL201410926

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