First picture of great-gran killed in mobility scooter crash on New Year's Eve
Written by The Newsroom on January 2, 2020
The devastated family of a great-grandmother who was killed in a New Year’s Eve collision, have paid tribute to their ‘kind-hearted’ relative who had an ‘infectious’ laugh.
Mum-of-four Sharon Jenkins, 62, was on her way to see in the new year with relatives when her mobility scooter was hit at 6.30pm on Tuesday, December 31, at the junction between Pye Green Road and Saint Aidan’s Road in Cannock.
She was involved in a collision with a car, believed to be a silver VW Golf and despite the best efforts of emergency services, died at the scene.
Her youngest grandchild was only a few weeks old when Mrs Jenkins, who was described by relative Katie Davies as “the heart of our family…a beloved friend to so many people”, was killed.
Katie has set up a GoFundMe page to give her “a beautiful send-off”. which has so far raised more than £1,700 towards the cost of her funeral.
Any money left over will be donated to an animal rescue charity and the Midlands Air Ambulance.
Mrs Jenkins’ son Steven, who is 41 and also from Cannock , said: “She had a personality, a smile and a laugh that was infectious.
“She didn’t take life too seriously, and had a kind heart.
“She was always taking in strays and sick animals, and whenever you went around to her home, she always had different animals that she had taken in.
“We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of people, since it happened.”
Katie added: “She was a mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother too.
“As well as being the heart of our family, she was a beloved friend to so many people too.
“What was meant to be a night of celebration for people everywhere, became a night of horror for our family.
“Sharon was on her way to spend New Year’s Eve with some of her family when she was taken away from us too soon, with no chance for us to say goodbye.”
She continued: “As you can imagine, with this being so sudden, and it being long before her time, neither Sharon or we had planned or saved for funeral preparations.
“Especially with Christmas just passing, we simply cannot afford the send-off that Sharon deserves. We certainly wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t necessary.”
There were many tributes to the much-loved grandmother on the GoFundMe page including this: “To my beautiful Mom, Words cannot describe how heartbroken we are, we can’t believe that we will never hear your voice again. Miss and love you always and forever. Donna, Noa, Levi and Kadee xx.”
This poignant tribure was also posted: “Mum, We were sat waiting for your call on New Years Eve. The call never came. You were stolen from us in the cruelest way and our hearts are broken irreparably. A loving Mother to us both and a loving Grandmother to Emily, Sophie and James. Your wonderful smile and wicked laugh will stay with us forever. We love you, always. Steven and Emily.”
(Image: Darren Quinton / BirminghamLive)
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Cooke, senior investigating officer for Staffordshire Police , said: “Detectives are still investigating this incident.
“I would ask that anyone who may have witnessed it or who was driving in the area at that time with a dash cam to please come forward.
“We are continuing to support the woman’s family and it is important that we establish the circumstances that led up to her death.”
Anyone with information or dashcam footage should contact email@example.com quoting incident number 590 of 31 December.
*A 27-year-old man, also from Cannock, was arrested at 2.45am on New Year’s Day on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
He was released under investigation on Thursday while enquiries continue, Staffordshire Police said. He was believed to have been driving a VW Golf involved in the crash.
You can donate to the funeral costs by clicking here .
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