St Albans hit and run victim named

Barbara Liddle. Photo: HERTS POLICE

Barbara Liddle. Photo: HERTS POLICE - Credit: Archant

The woman who was killed in a hit and run in St Albans has been named.

The scene on Camp Road last Thursday night. Picture: Craig Shepheard

The scene on Camp Road last Thursday night. Picture: Craig Shepheard - Credit: Archant

Barbara Liddle, 76, of Camp Road, was crossing the road outside her home on Thursday, September 28, on her way to a darts match.

While she was crossing, she was hit by a vehicle, which then drove off.

Barbara, who was born and bred in the city, leaves a son, Kevin, 48, a son-in-law Brian, 49, a daughter Sharon, 46, and grandchildren Sian, 28, Rhianne, 21, Rhys, 17, Megan, 12, and 10-month-old great-granddaughter, Aida.

Kevin, who lives in Blackpool, said: “Mum always had her lipstick on and her hair done. She was always well turned out, she looked after herself. She was the best. Sharon and I had such a happy childhood.

On her love of darts, he said: “I went to see her play a few times with my dad and I was so proud. We always used to sit at the back out of sight because if she knew we were there it would make her nervous!”

Police are re-appealing for anyone with any information on the incident.

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Det Insp Chris Puddy said: “This is a very upsetting case where a woman has lost her life just by going about her daily routine.

“Her family are being supported, and officers are working hard to trace the person responsible.

“We are particularly interested in speaking to the drivers of a medium-sized light-coloured car, possibly a BMW, and a small dark-coloured hatchback.

“They were seen in the area around the time of the incident and may have information that could be vital to our investigation.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who was in Camp Road after 8pm, in particular any joggers and dog walkers. Did you see a vehicle leaving the scene with damage, or driving in an erratic manner?

“Are you a mechanic, or do you work in a garage? Have you repaired any vehicles with damage to their front end since Thursday, September 28? If so, we would be very keen to speak to you.

“To the person who was driving the vehicle involved, you have caused unimaginable pain and suffering to Barbara’s family. You cut her life short and her loved ones now have to live without their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I am asking you to do the right thing and hand yourself in.”

Anyone with any information should ring 101, quoting reference number 820 of September 28.