Tribute to Bingo Lover Killed by Lorry
- Updated: December 4th, 2014
This is a very sad story we have to bring you today.
Early last month, a bingo-loving grandmother was hit by a dustbin lorry.
Her family have since paid tribute to the 87 year old, who recently died in hospital from her injuries as a result of the incident.
Edie Allen of Tyndale House in Hullbridge, Essex, was hit by the SITA UK lorry as it reversed around a corner in Rydal Close on Tuesday November 4th.
She needed surgery at Southend Hospital for serious leg injuries and a broken shoulder, but could not be saved as she later passed away on Saturday November 29th.
The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident and three men working on the lorry involved have since left the company.
Mrs Allen’s granddaughter, Lucy Nye, 35, who now lives in Minnesota, USA paid tribute to her grandmother: “We are quite a small family and she has been a big part of my life.
“She was a consistent influence; we called her ‘Nanna Bingo’ because she did love her bingo. She loved music as well, especially from the Thirties and Forties. She was very impressed when we bought her a CD player and she liked to sing.
“She was very happy in her lovely little apartment in Tyndale House and was remarkably agile.
“She had a glass eye when she was young, but that was all the surgery she had ever had. My mum used to help her out, but she could still take herself off on little trips.
“She was just a lovely and special person.”
Ms Nye said her grandmother was knocked down by the recycling lorry as it was reversing.
She added that the lorry only stopped when a neighbour came out of the house to alert them.
The driver has resigned while two other members of staff were sacked.
A spokesman for the company said: “First and foremost, our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the deceased.
“The incident, which occurred on November 4th, is subject to an ongoing police investigation and SITA UK is cooperating fully with this process.
“Furthermore, SITA UK has notified the Health and Safety Executive of the incident and internal investigations are now taking place.”
We at WDW would also like to pass on our condolences to her family and friends.