Page last updated at 19:51 GMT, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 20:51 UK

Family in hit-and-run driver plea

Shirley Leedham (from Kent Police)
Shirley Leedham was a wife and mother from Harrietsham

The family of a 70-year-old woman who was killed by a hit-and-run driver on a pedestrian crossing has appealed for the person responsible to come forward.

Shirley Leedham, from Harrietsham, died last Thursday after the accident on the A20 in the Kent village.

Her husband of 50 years said it had left the family "very upset" and words could not describe their loss.

David Leedham said he could not understand how anyone could have left his wife dying in the road.

Speaking at the scene of the collision on Tuesday, he said: "I just hope the evidence we get and the help we get from local people will find this person."

Speed limit

Sgt Guy Ditcher, of Kent Police, added: "In my personal opinion this is a callous act of someone that knows what they've done and won't face up to the consequences."

Police investigating the incident interviewed more than 1,000 drivers using the A20 on Friday morning.

All drivers approaching the scene were stopped and questioned between 0800 and 0930 BST in an attempt to discover more information about the accident.

Harrietsham residents have called for the speed limit on the A20 through the village to be reduced from 40mph.

They are also looking at setting up a Speedwatch scheme, manned by volunteers, to catch speeding drivers.


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